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Auction 167, Lot 347

"Candia olim Creta", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: Crete & Greek Islands

Period: 1667 (published)

Publication: Il Theatro del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

4 x 2.8 inches
10.2 x 7.1 cm
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Beautifully and fully engraved copper plate map features exceptional detail of the island. The map has numerous place names and is embellished with a full stipple sea that has two sailing ships and a vigorous sea monster. Shows the mythological Labyrinth where the Minotaur was confined. 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 that just enters the image a bit at top right.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $80

Closed on 3/28/2018