"Prussiae Descrip.", Ortelius/Marchetti
Subject: Northern Poland
Period: 1598 (circa)
Publication: Il Theatro del Mondo
Color: Hand Color
4.1 x 2.9 inches
10.4 x 7.4 cm
This tiny map of the Prussian region or present-day Poland is oriented with north to the left. It is adorned with a sailing ship and a strapwork title cartouche. 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 measuring 5.4 x 7.6".
References: King (2nd ed) pp. 78-79.
Watermarked paper with marginal soiling, minor show-through of text on verso, and a light damp stain along bottom edge of sheet.