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Auction 171, Lot 580

"Thusciae Descriptio Auctore Hieronimo Bellarmato", Ortelius/Marchetti

Subject: Central Italy

Period: 1667 (published)

Publication: Il Theatro del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

4 x 2.9 inches
10.2 x 7.4 cm
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This tiny map depicts the western coast of Italy from Pisa to Rome, extending inland to Florence. The extensive river system is shown along with many towns, and the island of Elba appears off the coast. 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: B+

Light soiling that is primarily confined to the blank margins, and a few small chips along the bottom edge of the sheet.

Estimate: $90 - $110


Closed on 2/6/2019