"Regni Neapolitani Verissima Secundum...", Ortelius/Marchetti
Subject: Southern Italy
Period: 1598 (circa)
Publication: Il Theatro del Mondo
Color: Hand Color
4.1 x 2.9 inches
10.4 x 7.4 cm
This handsome miniature map presents the boot of Italy, with north oriented to the top left. Numerous small towns and rivers are noted, and the map is embellished with a stippled sea and a sailing ship. 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 5.5 x 7.5".
References: King (2nd Edition) pp. 78-79.
Watermarked paper with marginal soiling and light show-through of text on verso.