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Auction 181, Lot 54

"Americae sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio", Ortelius/Galle

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1579 (published)

Publication: Le Miroir du Monde

Color: Hand Color

4.2 x 3.1 inches
10.7 x 7.9 cm

This wonderful miniature map is a reduced version of Ortelius' 1570 folio map of the Americas. It was published in Philippe Galle's popular miniature atlas, commonly known as the Epitome. The characteristic bulges in the western coastlines of both continents and the huge southern continent are instantly recognizable. Ornamented with two sailing ships and a delicate floral surround. French text on verso.

This map is from the first pocket-sized atlas, Spieghel der Wereld, which was based on Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. The maps were engraved on copper by Filips Galle and represented all regions around the world. The maps were accompanied by text prepared by Peter Heyns, who used the text from the Theatrum. The numbers printed above the maps, adjacent to the letterpress title, indicate the number of the map within the Theatrum. This innovative, small atlas was designed to reach the lower middle class, and was a commercial success, prompting numerous reprints and imitations. The first edition of the Spieghel der Wereld was published in 1577, with subsequent editions published in French in 1579 and 1583, Dutch in 1583 and 1596, and Latin in 1585. One unique feature of this pocket atlas was the inclusion of 6 larger, fold-out maps of the world, Europe, France, Germania, the Low Countries and Italy that were included alongside 66 miniature maps.

References: Burden #48; King (2nd ed.) pp. 60-61; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #9000:331.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on a bright sheet with professional repairs to a short worm track and a tear in the top blank margin.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $475

Closed on 2/10/2021