Auction 119, Lot 61

"[Celestial Chart]", Ortelius/Vrients

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1602 (published)

Publication: Breve compendio dal theatro

Color: Hand Color

4.8 x 3.4 inches
12.2 x 8.6 cm

This, scarce tiny celestial map presents the northern and southern skies with mythological representations of the constellations set in a cloud background. After the death of Abraham Ortelius in 1598, some of the last editions of the folio Theatrum Orbis Terrarum were published by Jan Baptist Vrients. He also acquired the plates of Philip Galles and the Arsenius brothers and published several editions of the pocket version, to which he added some of his own plates including this one. Italian text on verso.

References: King (1st ed.) p.77 (2nd ed. p. 88).

Condition: A

Some water stains and damage in blank margins with some paper replaced in bottom margin.

Estimate: $400 - $450


Closed on 5/9/2007