946. [Atlas - World]


Epitome theatri Orteliani [...]. Editio ultima, multis locis emendatae, & novis aliquopt tabulis aucta.

Antwerp, (H. Swingen for) J.B. Vrients, 1601

Sm. oblong 8vo: [8]-110-[3]-13-[1] ff. (sl. browning, some foxing and spotting, some contemp. and modern ms. annot., tiny wormholes and -tracks in lower bl. margins of ff. 22-61).

Contemp. vellum, flat spine. Nice copy.

Latin pocket-size atlas of Ortelius' "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" for the international market intended as a cheaper option for travellers and students. After the 1st ed. of the "Epitome" in 1588, Philips Galle whose "Speculum Orbis Terrarum" had not been very successful due to its inelegant engraving, gradually started replacing the copperplates. With only 10 old maps left, the majority of the maps in the improved 1601 edition are these newly engraved maps. After the death of Cornelis de Jode (1568-1600), Vrients bought the copperplates. Engr. allegorical arms of Albert and Isabella, the governors of the Spanish Netherlands, on verso of title. The 126 maps by Galle include 1 sm. world map on title, 2 globes (terrestrial and celestial), 1 world map, 4 maps of continents and 118 of countries and regions, incl. China, India, Japan, Iceland, etc.
Ref. Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici III.76, Ort. 58. - van der Krogt IIIA [332:13]. - BL Low Countries, 1601-1621, O-40. - STCV 6619118.
Prov. Unidentified ms. ownership entry (17th c.). - Pastor Caillot, church St Lazare in Nevers (ex-dono, 18th c.). - Capuchins of Nevers (ex-dono, 18th c.).

€ 3.500 / 5.000

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