"Thusciae Descriptio Auctore Hieronimo Bellarmato", Ortelius/Marchetti
Subject: Western 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 tiny map depicts the western coast of Italy from Pisa to Rome, extending inland to Florence. The extensive river system is shown along with many towns, and the island of Elba appears off the coast. 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.
A nice example on watermarked paper with light show-through of text on verso.