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Auction 125, Lot 955

"Abraham Ortelius and the First Atlas Essays Commemorating the Quadricentennial of his Death",

Subject: Reference Books

Period: 1998 (published)


Color: Printed Color

9.5 x 12 inches
24.1 x 30.5 cm

This collection of essays was assembled in 1998 to commemorate the four hundredth anniversary of Ortelius' death. Edited by Marcel van den Broecke, Peter van der Krogt and Peter Meurer. The essays were written by more than twenty contributors and cover such subjects as the printer Christopher Plantin, Ortelius' wall maps, title pages, Ortelius' travels, and specific maps within the Theatrum. The appendices include a chronological list of the editions of both the Theatrum and the Epitome, a list of the plates used in the Theatrum, and an extensive bibliography. This is a superb reference for any collector of Ortelius' maps or anyone wishing to delve deeper into the history of cartography. Lavishly illustrated in color and black-and-white. 432 pages. Clothbound with gilt-lettered spine and cover with colored portrait and title page on front and back covers.


Condition: A

Front corner bumped else fine.

Estimate: $180 - $250

Sold for: $425

Closed on 9/24/2008