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Antique Map Auction Sale No. 148 - closed 2/19/2014

Featuring 827 lots of rare antique maps, charts, pocket maps, globes and atlases
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Lot #1: "Spectandum Dedit Ortelius Mortalib. Orbem, Orbi Spectandum Galleus Ortelium" Ortelius/Galle

Antique atlas title page Spectandum Dedit Ortelius Mortalib Orbem Orbi
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$400.00 - $500.00
Sold for: $300.00

Lot 1
By: Ortelius/Galle
Subject: Frontispiece, Portrait
Date: 1579

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Condition: B+
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Color: hand color

Size: 8.2 x 12.7 inches
20.9 x 32.3 cm

This famous portrait of Ortelius, at the age of about 50, was engraved by Philippe Galle and appeared in the Theatrum from 1579 onwards. Few other portraits of the great cartographer have survived. The Latin title translation is, "By looking, Ortelius gave to mortal beings the world, by looking at his face, Galleus gave them Ortelius." The portrait is surrounded in a strapwork and garland frame. Latin text on verso.

Original color with light toning and a few small chips in far left blank margin.

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