Auction 171, Lot 774

"[Facsimile] Theatrum Orbis Terrarum", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: References, Facsimile Atlas

Period: 1964 (published)


Color: Printed Color

11.9 x 16.6 inches
30.2 x 42.2 cm

This extraordinary facsimile atlas is a faithful copy of Ortelius's epochal work, the first modern atlas. It includes 52 of the 53 maps in the first edition, in old-style color with Latin text on the versos. Map 15 (Geldria) is missing and Map 13 (Germania) is bound in twice. This is apparently a common binding issue with this edition. All of the double-page maps are tipped in and pasted to binding strips. Hardbound in red cloth boards with red leather spine, gilt titles on spine and covers.


Condition: A

Contents tight with some uneven sunning on the spine and a hint of shelf wear.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $275

Closed on 2/6/2019