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Auction 189, Lot 678


"Tartariae sive Magni Chami Regni Typus", Ortelius/Galle

Subject: North Pacific, Northern Asia & Northwestern North America

Period: 1583 (published)

Publication: Le Miroir du Monde

Color: Black & White

4.3 x 3.2 inches
10.9 x 8.1 cm
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This tiny map is a reduced version of the earliest map to focus on the North Pacific. While designed to illustrate the expansive Kingdom of the Great Khan in Asia, its main feature is the Stretto di Anian. The map covers northern Russia, China, and Japan, which is shown just to the west of the American shore. Seas fully engraved in stipple. Embellished with a sailing ship and small 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: Burden #50; King (2nd Ed.) pp. 64-65 & 88-89; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8050:331.

Condition: A

A dark impression with light foxing in the blank margins.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $46

Closed on 9/14/2022