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Auction 174, Lot 634

"Turcici Imperii Descriptio", Ortelius/Galle

Subject: Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East

Period: 1590 (published)

Publication: Epitome du Theatre du Monde d'Abraham Ortelius

Color: Hand Color

4.3 x 3 inches
10.9 x 7.6 cm
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Beautifully and fully engraved copperplate map of the Arabian peninsula and Turkey. The map extends to show southern Europe naming Hungary, most of the Mediterranean to Italy and Crete, the Caspian and Black seas, and Tartary. The shape of Arabia is very rudimentary, and although some towns are named, Mecca and Medina are not shown. 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; Tibbetts #37; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8100:331.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with light toning and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $80

Closed on 9/11/2019