Auction 162, Lot 509

"Monasteriensis Osnaburgensis Episccpatus Descriptio", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: Western Germany

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Il Theatro del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

4.1 x 2.9 inches
10.4 x 7.4 cm

This handsome miniature map depicts portions of southern Lower Saxony and northern North Rhine-Westphalia. Geography is limited to rivers and cities, including Munster and Osnabruck. 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 sheet of Italian text measuring 5.5 x 7.6".

References: King (2nd Ed.) pp. 78-79.

Condition: A

A dark impression with light show-through of text on verso, a couple of printer's creases in blank margins, and a chip in bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $75

Closed on 4/26/2017