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Auction 152, Lot 615

"China Regio Asie", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: China

Period: 1608 (circa)

Publication: Theatro del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

4 x 2.9 inches
10.2 x 7.4 cm
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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. 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 (5.9 x 8.2") of Italian text.

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

Condition: B+

A nice impression with a minor printer's crease and some show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $110

Closed on 2/18/2015