Auction 139, Lot 619

"China Regio Asie", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: China

Period: 1655 (circa)

Publication: Theatro del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

Size:
4 x 3 inches
10.2 x 7.6 cm

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. The copper plates are closely copied from those of Philip Galle's 1593 Italian edition. Italian text on verso.

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

Condition: B+

Light show-through of text on verso, and a few faint damp stains and light toning confined to blank margins. There is a crease in upper-right blank margin.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Unsold

Closed on 2/15/2012

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