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Auction 165, Lot 40

"Globus Coelestis", Ortelius/Vrients

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1609 (published)

Publication: Epitome Theatri Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

4.8 x 3.3 inches
12.2 x 8.4 cm
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This scarce, tiny celestial map presents the northern and southern skies with mythological representations of the constellations based on Ptolemy set in a cloud background. After the death of Abraham Ortelius in 1598, some of the last editions of the folio Theatrum Orbis Terrarum were published by Jan Baptist Vrients. He also acquired the plates of Philip Galle and the Arsenius brothers and published several editions of the pocket version, to which he added some of his own plates, including this one. Latin text on verso.

References: King (2nd Ed.) pp. 88-89; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #0010:332.

Condition: A

A sharp impression on a clean, bright sheet.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $325

Closed on 11/15/2017