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Auction 182, Lot 587

"Pedemontana Reg.", Ortelius/Vrients

Subject: Northwestern Italy

Period: 1601 (published)

Publication: Epitome Theatri Orteliani

Color: Hand Color

4.3 x 3.1 inches
10.9 x 7.9 cm
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This charming miniature map of the Piedmont region shows rivers, mountains and cities, including Turin, Milan, Genoa and Monaco. Latin text on verso.

This map was published in Filips Galle's series of Epitome, which first appeared in 1588. Galle was unimpressed with the maps in the Spieghel der Wereld, and therefore gradually replaced nearly all of them through the various editions of his Epitome. The new maps had simple double-lined borders and were widely copied by others. The plates were acquired by Jan Baptist Vrients circa 1600, who published three more editions in 1601 and 1602, retouching some of the plates and replacing a few more. By the time Vrients' 1601 edition was published, only 10 of the original maps remained.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 86-87; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #7050:332.

Condition: A

A crisp impression with marginal soiling and light toning along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $95 - $120

Sold for: $70

Closed on 4/28/2021