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Auction 164, Lot 474

"Anglia", Ortelius/Vrients

Subject: England & Wales

Period: 1601 (published)

Publication: Epitome Theatri Orteliani

Color: Hand Color

4.2 x 3 inches
10.7 x 7.6 cm

Fine miniature map of England and Wales drawn from Ortelius' map of the British Isles. North is oriented to the right of the map. The major cities, rivers and mountains are located. The map is enclosed in simple double-line borders and the title is enclosed in a simple block-style cartouche with a distance scale at lower right. Latin text on verso.

This map was published in Filips Galle's series of Epitome, which first appeared in 1588. Galle was unimpressed with the maps in the Spieghel der Wereld, and therefore gradually replaced nearly all of them through the various editions of his Epitome. The new maps had simple double-lined borders and were widely copied by others. The plates were acquired by Jan Baptist Vrients circa 1600, who published three more editions in 1601 and 1602, retouching some of the plates and replacing a few more. By the time Vrients' 1601 edition was published, only 10 of the original maps remained.

References: King (2nd Ed.) pp. 64-65 & 88-89; Shirley (BI to 1650) #187; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #5100:332.

Condition: A

A crisp impression with minor toning and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 9/13/2017