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Auction 190, Lot 510

"Tirolis Comitat.", Ortelius/Galle

Subject: Northern Italy & Western Austria

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Epitome du Theatre du Monde...

Color: Hand Color

4.2 x 3.1 inches
10.7 x 7.9 cm
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This odd miniature map of the Tyrol region of the Alps is centered approximately on Innsbruck and bounded by Saltzburg, Munich, Verona and Lake Como. Septentrio is mistakenly noted at the top of the map and should instead be to the left. The geography in Italy is poorly depicted, as both Verona and Lake Como are shown too far to the east. French text on verso.

The first pocket-sized atlas, Spieghel der Wereld, 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, corresponded with 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. Apparently dissatisfied with the quality of the plates in the Spieghel der Wereld, Galle began a new edition in 1588, commonly known as the Epitome, replacing some of the old plates with newly engraved ones. The new plates had a cleaner style with simple double-lined borders. The Epitome was quite popular, and was published in editions until 1602. Over the years Galle gradually introduced more new maps, both adding to and replacing the originals. By the final edition in 1602, only 10 of the original plates from the Spieghel remained. After 1598, the plates were 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; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #2780:332.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on a lightly toned sheet with dampstains along the edges of the sheet and old manuscript ink markings in bottom margin.

Estimate: $95 - $120

Sold for: $50

Closed on 11/16/2022