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Auction 110, Lot 11

"Typus Orbis Terrarum", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: World

Period: 1587 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 14 inches
48.8 x 35.6 cm
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Ortelius' beautiful oval world map is a simplified version of Mercator's influential map of 1569. From surviving correspondence it is known that Mercator encouraged Ortelius and provided him with information, particularly with co-ordinates of places in the Americas. This is the first state of the third plate updated with the more correct shape of South America and the first depiction of the Solomon Islands off the coast of New Guinea. The oval projection is surrounded by an intricate strapwork design and four corner medallions containing quotations from Cicero and Seneca. French text on verso, published in the 1598 edition.

References: Shirley #158; Van den Broecke #3.

Condition: A

Margins slightly trimmed in a previous binding with edges reinforced. Professional repair of short bottom fold separation.

Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000

Sold for: $6,000

Closed on 3/2/2005