Archontologia cosmica, sive imperiorum, regnorum, principatuum, rerumque publicarum omnium per totum Terrarum Orbem comm
Lucas Jennisius, Frankfurt am Main 1628. Small folio. 3 parts in 1 volume (complete). (2)+(40)+690+267+81+(44) pages. Woodcut vignette on titlepage. Woodct initials and decorations at chapter-ends. Titlepage printed in black and red. Contemporary binding of white pigskin with blindtooled ornamentations to boards. Title and year of publication added to spine in later black handwriting. Bookblock slightly browned throughout. Bookplate on front pastedown. A well-preserved copy.
Graesse III,122 mentions a later edition, Frankfurt 1649. The first Latin edition of this important cosmographic work. Johann Ludwig Gottfried (1584-1633) based his work on the French book "Les Estats, empires, et principautez du monde" (1613) by Pierre d'Avity (1573-1635). He edited and added substantially, thus taking ownership on the work himself. The Latin edition was followed by a German version. In 1638, Matthäus Merian used the German text for a richly illustrated edition. Gottfried's Archontologia describes all the world, of course with emphasis on Germany, the Netherlands and France. The book does, however, cover Africa and the New World. The text describes a.o. the climate, culture, history and religion of each country and area.