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Auction 168, Lot 515

"Prussiae Descrip", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: Northern Poland

Period: 1667 (published)

Publication: Il Theatro del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

4 x 2.9 inches
10.2 x 7.4 cm

This tiny map of the Prussian region or present-day Poland is oriented with north to the left and extends up the Baltic coast to include parts of Kaliningrad and Lithuania. It is adorned with a sailing ship and a strapwork title cartouche. 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. Italian text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 78-79.

Condition: A

Excellent impression with minor marginal soiling.

Estimate: $110 - $140


Closed on 6/6/2018