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Auction 167, Lot 396

"Africae Tabula Nova", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: Africa

Period: 1667 (published)

Publication: Il Theatro del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

4 x 2.9 inches
10.2 x 7.4 cm

This miniature map is a much simplified version of Ortelius' folio map with several geographic features omitted. The most important change being the lack of the smaller of the two Ptolemaic source lakes for the Nile, which apparently was derived from Joao de Barros' description of Central Africa. The map is adorned with quaint little ships and a sea monster. 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: Betz #39; King (2nd ed.) pp. 78-79.

Condition: A

Excellent impression with minor marginal soiling.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $55

Closed on 3/28/2018