Auction 165, Lot 411

"Septemtrionales Reg.", Ortelius/Vrients

Subject: Arctic & Scandinavia

Period: 1601 (published)

Publication: Epitome Theatri Orteliani

Color: Hand Color

4.3 x 2.9 inches
10.9 x 7.4 cm

Delightful miniature map based on Ortelius' important map of the Arctic regions and the North Atlantic with the mythical islands of Drogeo and Frieslant. Greenland is shown as a large island separated from Nova Semla. 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: Burden #124; Ginsberg #41; King (2nd Ed.) pp. 64-65 & 88-89; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #1200:332.

Condition: A

A nice impression on watermarked paper with minor toning and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $110

Closed on 11/15/2017