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Auction 185, Lot 539

"Silesiae Typus Descriptus et Editus a Martino Heilvig Neisense et Nobiliviro Nicolao Rhedinger Dedicat.", Ortelius/Galle

Subject: Poland

Period: 1579 (published)

Publication: Le Miroir du Monde

Color: Hand Color

4.2 x 3.1 inches
10.7 x 7.9 cm
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Charming, miniature version of Ortelius' map based on the work of the Silesien cartographer Martin Helweg in 1561. The map centers on Breslau (Wroclaw) and the Odra River and includes Prague. A sweet cherub with a pet bird graces the title cartouche. 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: King (2nd Ed.) pp. 60-61; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #2900:331.

Condition: A

A slightly uneven impression on a bright sheet with some worm tracks in the blank margins, some of which have been closed on verso with old paper, and a dampstain along the right edge of the sheet.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $50

Closed on 11/17/2021