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Auction 132, Lot 618

"China Regio Asie", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: China

Period: 1608 (circa)

Publication: Theatro del Mondo

Color: Black & White

4 x 3 inches
10.2 x 7.6 cm
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This is the miniature version of Ortelius' important map focusing on China. The map is oriented with north to the right and extends to include parts of Indo-China. The Great Wall is prominently delineated and several huge lakes and rivers dominate the interior. A portion of Japan appears at bottom center. 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 because it appears to have been published without permission. The copper plates were closely copied from those of Philip Galle's 1593 Italian edition.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 78-79.

Condition: A

Faintly toned with some minor stains in the blank margins.

Estimate: $200 - $250


Closed on 6/2/2010