Auction 136, Lot 546

"Portugalliae que olim Lusitania Novissima et Exactissima Descriptio", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: Portugal

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatro del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

4.3 x 3.3 inches
10.9 x 8.4 cm

This is the miniature version of one of the earliest and most beautiful maps of Portugal. It is oriented with north to the right and adorned with a strapwork title cartouche, a sailing ship and fully stipple engraved seas. 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: King (2nd ed.) pp.78-79.

Condition: A

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 6/1/2011