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