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Auction 156, Lot 586

"Lacus Comensis, olim Larius", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: Lake Como, 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 charming miniature map depicts Lake Como with north oriented to the right. The city of Como is depicted as a tiny bird's-eye view. The map is illustrated on a piece of parchment with clouds above and a lovely scene of the countryside below. 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.

Condition: A

A nice example with minor show-through of text on verso and a worm track in top blank margin.

Estimate: $110 - $140


Closed on 2/17/2016