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