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Auction 196, Lot 7

"Globus Terrestre", Ortelius/Vrients

Subject: World

Period: 1601 (circa)

Publication: Epitome Theatri Orteliani

Color: Hand Color

4.9 x 3.4 inches
12.4 x 8.6 cm
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Captivating miniature double-hemisphere map with a landscape below the spheres centered on a church. The map shows a huge Terra Australis Incognita, and North America extends far north and west with the place names Quivira, California, Florida, and Totonteac. Latin text on verso, published in either the 1601 or 1609 editions.

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. 64-65 & 88-89; Shirley #231; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #0001:332B.

Condition: B+

Very light soiling with chips at bottom right and top center that have been professionally repaired, with the last letter of the title replaced in facsimile (mistakenly as "E" instead of "IS"), and a bit of loss of text on verso.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 2/7/2024