Auction 157, Lot 12

"Typus Orbis Terrarum", Ortelius/Coignet

Subject: World

Period: 1601 (published)

Publication: Epitome Theatri Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

4.8 x 3.3 inches
12.2 x 8.4 cm

This is the first miniature world map presented on Mercator's projection. It depicts the large southern continent and is enclosed in a wide border marking the degrees of latitude and longitude. A notation in North America notes its discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1492. The stippled sea features two sailing ships and a sea monster. This miniature map was engraved by the brothers Ambrose and Gerdinand Arsenius who had been assistants to Frans Hogenburg and thus co-engravers of Ortelius' folio Theatrum. This series of maps was accompanied by text by Michel Coignet and was published by Johann Keerburgen. Latin text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) p. 86-87; Shirley #230; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #0001:333.

Condition: A

A nice example with several small chips and tears confined to the blank margins that have all been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 5/4/2016