Philippi Cluverii Introdvctionis in Universam Geographiam tam Veterem Quam Novam Libri VI

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by Philipp Clüver

Introdvctionis in Universam Geographiam
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Title page from Introdvctionis in Universam Geographiam, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Philipp Clüver
Editor Josephus Vorstius
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Published Amstelodami: Apud Ludovicum Elzevirium
Date 1651
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Language Latin
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Pages [8], 394, [10]
Desc. 24mo (13 cm.)
Location Shelf C-3
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Philipp Clüver was born in Danzig (Gdańsk), in Royal Prussia, a province of the Kingdom of Poland. After spending some time at the Polish court of Sigismund III Vasa, he began the study of law at the University of Leiden (Dutch Republic), but soon he turned his attention to history and geography, which were then taught there by Joseph Scaliger.[1] His life's project, it developed, was a general study of the geography of Antiquity, based not only on classical literary sources, but — and this was his contribution — supplemented by wide travels and local inspections. He became virtually the founder of historical geography.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Cluverii geographia. p. f." and given by Thomas Jefferson to his grandson Thomas Jefferson Randolph. The Brown Bibliography[2] lists the 1659 edition published in Amersterdam based on the copy Jefferson sold to the Library of Congress.[3] Unfortunately, that copy no longer exists and may not have been the one Jefferson gave to his grandson. George Wythe's Library[4] on LibraryThing states "Perhaps only a portion of this work. Precise edition unknown."

Since we have no way of knowing which edition Wythe owned, Wolf Law Library purchased an available copy of an edition published in Amsterdam in 1651.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in original full vellum with yap edge. Spine features handwritten numbering from previous owner's library. A few early pages include marginalia. Purchased with the George Wythe Boswell-Caracci Room Acquisition Fund.

Images of the library's copy of this book are available on Flickr. View the record for this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

See also


  1. This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  2. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  3. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 4:96-97 [no.3835].
  4. LibraryThing, s.v."Member: George Wythe," accessed on May 2, 2023.

External Links

Read the 1677 Amsterdam edition of this book in Google Books.