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Auction 167, Lot 253

"Septentrionalium Regionum Descriptio", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: Arctic & Scandinavia

Period: 1667 (published)

Publication: Il Theatro del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

4 x 2.9 inches
10.2 x 7.4 cm
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Delightful miniature map based on Ortelius' important map of the Arctic regions and the North Atlantic with the mythical islands of Drogeo (unnamed) and Friisland. Greenland is shown as a large island separated from the Pigme Ihio Habitant (land in habited by pigmies). Italian text on verso.

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.

References: Burden #127; Ginsberg #42; King (2nd ed.) pp. 78-79.

Condition: A

Excellent impression with a small ink stain along the top neatline and a printer's crease just below the bottom neatline.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 3/28/2018