"Silesiae Typus Descriptus et Editus a Martino Heilvig Neisense et Nobili Viro Nicolao Rhedinger Dedicat", Ortelius/Marchetti
Subject: Southern Poland
Period: 1598 (published)
Publication: Il Theatro del Mondo
Color: Hand Color
4.1 x 2.9 inches
10.4 x 7.4 cm
This is a miniature version of Ortelius' first map of Silesia, based on a map by the Silesien cartographer Martin Helweg in 1561. Detail is limited to key rivers and cities, with Wroclaw (Breslaro) located near the center of the map and Prague at bottom left. 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.
A crisp impression with light show-through of text on verso, a few tiny worm holes, and a chip in bottom blank margin.