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Auction 168, Lot 15

"Typus Orbis Terrarum", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: World

Period: 1667 (published)

Publication: Il Theatro del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

4.1 x 2.9 inches
10.4 x 7.4 cm

This map is based on Ortelius' oval map of the world with huge polar continents providing balance for the world's continents. A Northwest Passage is prominently featured. Italian text on verso.

Galle's miniature Ortelius atlas enjoyed so much success that it was copied by Pietro Marchetti for the Italian market. Marchetti's atlas based 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; Shirley #214.

Condition: A

A nice impression with minor marginal soiling.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $250

Closed on 6/6/2018