"Candia olim Creta", Ortelius/Galle
Period: 1590 (published)
Publication: Epitome du Theatre du Monde d'Abraham Ortelius
Color: Hand Color
4.2 x 3 inches
10.7 x 7.6 cm
Beautifully and fully engraved copper plate map features exceptional detail of the island. The map has numerous place names and is embellished with a full stipple sea that has two sailing ships and a vigorous sea monster. Shows the mythological Labyrinth where the Minotaur was confined. With a decorative border, title cartouche and distance scale. French text on verso. The first pocket version of Ortelius' Theatrum was published by Philippe Galle in 1577 as Spieghel der Werelt. Galle began a new edition with new plates, commonly known as the Epitome, in 1588. Galle's miniature atlas was quite popular, and was published in editions until 1602. From 1583 he gradually introduced a new set of maps, both adding to and replacing the originals. The plates were then passed to Jan B. Vrients, who retouched some of the plates and published the final editions of the Epitome in 1601 and 1602.
References: King (2nd Ed.) pp. 64-65 & 88-89; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #7900:331.
A dark impression with light toning, a spot of foxing above the distance scale, and a small damp stain in the top blank margin.