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Auction 130, Lot 406

"Septentrionalium Regionum Descriptio", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: Arctic and Scandinavia

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatro del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

4 x 3 inches
10.2 x 7.6 cm
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Delightful miniature map based on Ortelius' important map of the Arctic regions and the North Atlantic with the mythical islands of Drogeo (unnamed) and Friisland. Greenland is shown as a large island separated from the Pigme Ihio Habitant (land in habited by pigmies). Pietro Maria Marchetti produced the second pocket atlas based on Abraham Ortelius' folio Theatrum. It is often referred to as the plagiarized version of the Epitome. The copper plates are closely copied from those of Philip Galle's 1593 Italian edition. On a full sheet (5.5 x 7.5") of Italian text.

References: Burden #127; Ginsberg #42; King (2nd ed.) pp. 78-79.

Condition: A

There are a few light stains in the margins.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 12/2/2009