Auction 127, Lot 5

"[Lot of 5] Typus Orbis Terrarum [and] Americae sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio [and] Asiae Nova Descr [and] Africa Tabula Nova [and] Europa", Ortelius/Galle

Subject: World & Continents

Period: 1589 (published)

Publication: Epitome theatri Orteliani

Color: Hand Color

4.3 x 3 inches
10.9 x 7.6 cm

This is a fine matched set of miniature maps from this popular miniature atlas engraved and published by Phillipe Galle. The first pocket version of the Theatrum was published by Galle in 1577, and the publication continued until 1598. From 1583 he gradually introduced a new set of maps, both adding to and replacing the originals. In this set we have the America, Asia and Africa maps from the original plates with small decorative borders, while the World and Europe plate are from the updated second series of plates with plain double line borders. Each map is a faithful miniaturization of the folio map with some place names and geographic features omitted due to size. They are adorned with ships, sea monsters, and strapwork cartouches. Latin text on verso.

References: (World) Shirley #161, King (1st ed.) p 56; (America) Burden #48, King p 52; (Africa) Betz #18.

Condition: B+

Original color with some toning and mostly marginal soil.

Estimate: $2,400 - $3,000

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 2/25/2009