Auction 169, Lot 612

"Lacus Comensis, olim Larius", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: Lake Como, Italy

Period: 1667 (published)

Publication: Il Theatro del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

4 x 2.9 inches
10.2 x 7.4 cm

This charming miniature map depicts Lake Como with north oriented to the right. The city of Como is depicted as a tiny bird's-eye view. The map is illustrated on a piece of parchment with clouds above and a lovely scene of the countryside below. 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

Nice impression with light toning along the edges of the sheet and some show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $80

Closed on 9/12/2018