Auction 141, Lot 495

"Regni Bohemiae Descriptio", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: Czech Republic

Period: 1598 (circa)

Publication: Theatro del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

4.1 x 2.8 inches
10.4 x 7.1 cm

A lovely miniature map of Bohemia, roughly centered on Prague and the Vltava River. 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 of Italian text (5 4 x 7.5").

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

Condition: A

Marginal soiling with two tiny worm tracks at top left, not affecting map, and light show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $80

Closed on 9/5/2012