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Auction 167, Lot 382

"Indiae Orientalis Insularumque Adiacientium Tiipus", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: Southeast Asia

Period: 1667 (published)

Publication: Il Theatro del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

4 x 2.8 inches
10.2 x 7.1 cm

This miniature version of Ortelius' important map of Southeast Asia shows how sketchy the available information was concerning the region. The East Indies are presented as a randomly scattered group of islands with Java and Borneo particularly misshapen. Japan is presented in its kite-shaped form, and in the upper right corner America makes an appearance with three cities: Quivira, Cicuie, and Tiguex. 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

A nice impression with minor marginal soiling.

Estimate: $180 - $210

Sold for: $100

Closed on 3/28/2018