SEMINARIO VESCOVILE, Padua. Tabulae geographicae, quibus universa geographia vetus continetur. Padua: Ex Typographia Seminarii, 1699
4 parts in one volume, folio (19 x 14 1/2 inches). Letterpress title-pages and indexes to each part, fine double-page engraved map of the workd "Orbis Vetus,...", 1694, 4 maps of the continents and 74 maps of the ancient and modern world (of 79 called-for) further double-page maps, including one folding and one single-page, after Guillaume Sanson (1633-1703), Nicholas Sanson (1600-1667), Abraham Ortelius (1527–1598), Pierre Du Val (1619-1683) and Philippe Cluver (1580-1622), all decorated with superb title cartouches and all with MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL HAND-COLOUR IN OUTLINE (short closed tear in map 14 of part I, lasst few maps with pale marginal stain crossing the image). Contemporary vellum over paste-board (lower corners with early repairs); preserved in a red cloth clamshell box
A particularly attractive copy of this atlas intended to supplement the study of ancient history, literature, and the bible, published by the Seminario Vescovile in Padua. The first part incorporated the illustrations to Clüver's Geography, the Holy Land, ancient patriarchates and bishoprics, and Roman history.
The seminary and famous library were re-invigorated by the arrival of Cardinal Gregorio Barbarigo (1625 -1697), Bishop of Padua, in 1664. He transferred the seminary to the former monastery of Vanzo, improving it and promoting the study of Latin and Greek; reorganized its curriculum; and in 1684, established beside the seminary a typography for the printing of scholarly and classical works, as well as ecclesiastical ones. The press was equipped with Greek, Arab, Syrian, Armenian and Persian type and printed pamphlets for Christians living in Moslem areas. Phillips 5644