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Auction 166, Lot 495

"Baia de Cadiz", Ortelius/Vrients

Subject: Cadiz, Spain

Period: 1601 (published)

Publication: Epitome Theatri Orteliani

Color: Hand Color

Size:
4.1 x 3 inches
10.4 x 7.6 cm
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Attractive miniature map of the Bay of Cadiz which includes the city of Cadiz, San Fernando, and the southwestern coast of Spain. A fleet of ships fills the waters. 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; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #6115:332.

Condition: A

A crisp impression with minor toning, marginal soiling, and a faint damp stain along the top edge of the sheet.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $60

Closed on 2/14/2018

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