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Auction 98, Lot 6

"Typus Orbis Terrarum", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: World

Period: 1609-12 (published)

Publication: Epitome Theatri Orbis Terrarum…

Color: Hand Color

4.7 x 3.2 inches
11.9 x 8.1 cm

This miniature map was engraved by the brothers Ambrose and Ferdinand Arsenius who had been assistants to Frans Hogenburg and thus co-engravers of Ortelius' folio Theatrum. The rectangular map, on Mercator's projection, depicts the large southern continent and is enclosed in a wide border marking the degrees of latitude and longitude. A notation in North America notes its discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1492. The stippled sea features two sailing ships and a sea monster. This series of map was accompanied by text by Michel Coignet and was published by Johann Keerburgen.

References: Shirley #230.

Condition: A

Minor soil in margins.

Estimate: $700 - $750

Sold for: $600

Closed on 3/6/2002