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Auction 154, Lot 45

"Americae sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio", Ortelius/Galle

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1590 (circa)

Publication: Epitome du Theatre du Monde d'Abraham Ortelius

Color: Hand Color

4.3 x 3.1 inches
10.9 x 7.9 cm
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This wonderful miniature map is a reduced version of Ortelius' 1570 folio map of the Americas. It was published in Philippe Galle's popular miniature atlas, commonly known as the Epitome. The characteristic bulges in the western coastlines of both continents and the huge southern continent are instantly recognizable. Ornamented with two sailing ships and a delicate floral surround. French text on verso.

References: Burden #48; King (2nd ed.) pp. 64-65; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #9000:331.

Condition: B+

Nice impression and color with a few minute worm holes only visible when held to light. There is minor toning and an ink stain in image at top right.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/16/2015