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Petit, Pierre.  De amazonibus dissertatio, quâ an verè extiterint, necne, variis ultro citroque conjecturis & argumentis disputatur. Amstelodami: apud Johannem Wolters & Yserandum Haring, 1687. 12mo (17 cm, 6.125"). [6] ff, 398 pp., [6] ff., illus. (without the map).
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Using classical texts and images Petit explores the possibility that the Amazons were not merely figments of mythological fancy, but actual members of Scythian society. Using texts from Homer through Juvenal and beyond, Petit canvasses the full range of opinions and evidence from contemporary sources. His text is in Latin; the Greek texts, offered in Greek, are translated into Latin as well.
        This is the "Editio secunda, auctior & correctior," following the very rare edition of 1685 .
        The => 53 in-text engravings offer iconographic evidence for the Amazons. The majority are numismatic, showing portrayals of Amazons on classical coins. Some others show works of art, especially sculpture, and representations of what Amazonian weapons might have looked like.
        The work begins with a dedication to Baudelot de Dairval and a full table of contents. The body of the text is organized into chapters concerning various aspects of the lives and types of evidence relating to the Amazons. There is an "Addenda" on pp. 381–98 that includes => discussions of Christopher Columbus, cannibalism, and Amazons in the New World. The book ends with another index.

European Americana 587/106; Sabin 61256; Hayn, Amazonen-Litteratur, 53. Recent marbled paper over boards, leather spine label. Added engraved title-page cut down with loss of imprint data and mounted; without the map, often missing. Light staining to the preliminary and first few text pages. Otherwise, a rather nice copy.  (40385)   Please RESHELVE This.


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