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Auction 167, Lot 275

"Scotiae Descriptio", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: Scotland

Period: 1667 (published)

Publication: Il Theatro del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

4 x 2.9 inches
10.2 x 7.4 cm

This charming miniature map is oriented with north to the right and features major rivers, lakes, and a few place names. Two tiny ships sail in the stipple-engraved sea. 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: King (2nd ed.) pp. 78-79.

Condition: A

Excellent impression with minor marginal soiling and a few extraneous creases.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $70

Closed on 3/28/2018