Auction 108, Lot 37

"[Lot of 5] Typus Orbis Terrarum [and] Asia [and] America [and] Africa [and] Europa", Ortelius/Coignet

Subject: World and Continents

Period: 1601 (circa)

Publication: Epitome Theatri Orbis Terrarum…

Color: Hand Color

4.7 x 3.2 inches
11.9 x 8.1 cm

A superb set of miniature maps engraved by the brothers Ambrose and Ferdinand Arsenius who had been assistants to Frans Hogenburg and co-engravers of Ortelius' folio Theatrum. The rectangular world map, on Mercator's projection, depicts the large southern continent and is enclosed in a wide border marking the degrees of latitude and longitude. A notation in North America notes its discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1492. The Americas map is enclosed in a handsome strapwork border. Each map is beautifully engraved with stippled seas, sea monsters, ships and tiny animals throughout the interiors. This series of maps was accompanied by text by Michel Coignet and was published by Johann Keerburgen and Levinus Hulsius. French text on versos.

References: World - Shirley #230 and King, p. 75; Asia - King, p. 74; America - Burden #143.

Condition: A

Fine impressions and color with minor blemishes in margins.

Estimate: $2,750 - $3,000

Sold for: $3,250

Closed on 9/29/2004