ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598). An Epitome of Ortelius His Theatre of the World ... amlyfied with new Mappes wanting in the Latin editions. [Antwerp]: typis H. Swingenii [for] John Norton, London, [1601?].
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ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598). An Epitome of Ortelius His Theatre of the World ... amlyfied with new Mappes wanting in the Latin editions. [Antwerp]: typis H. Swingenii [for] John Norton, London, [1601?].

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ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598). An Epitome of Ortelius His Theatre of the World ... amlyfied with new Mappes wanting in the Latin editions. [Antwerp]: typis H. Swingenii [for] John Norton, London, [1601?].

2 parts in one volume, small oblong 8° (128x170mm). Engraved vignette of a globe on title and arms of Richard Gargrave on verso, 125 full-page engraved maps, the first two unnumbered. (P8, the second leaf of table in pt. I, lacking but supplied in contemporary manuscript, title soiled and detached, other early leaves detaching, soiling and damp affecting many leaves at bottom and outer margin causing page edges to fray, lower corner of final leaf torn away, without final blank R8.) Contemporary calf, triple fillet border on sides in blind and gilt, gilt arabesque in centre with initials R. H. stamped in blind, flat spine in ruled compartments, green silk ties (spine ends worn, staining to covers, ties worn, inner hinges split). Provenance: R.H. (binding) – Walter Jening (inscription on title) – John Jening, 8 January 1622 (two inscriptions on final verso) – Thomas More (title inscription with crossed out price of 5s 6d) – Sarah More (signature on final verso) -- Jasper More (bookplate).

FIRST AND ONLY EDITION of this English translation from the Latin abridgement, originally published in Antwerp, 1595. The thirteen additional maps are of regions of France, Florence and Apulia, Iceland, Japan and Romania. Walter Jening's inscription on the title indicates that the ‘booke [was] lent to John’ in '1596', calling into question the '[1601?]' date of publication proposed by STC (the '1596' date in the title inscription is crossed through but remains legible). Shirley follows Skelton in believing the atlas was printed in England, but this view is not upheld by STC or ESTC, the stronger likelihood being that printing was funded rather than actually undertaken by John Norton. Shirley, BL 1, T.Ort-2m; STC 18857.
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