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ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598). Theatrum orbis terrarum. – Parergon. – Nomenclator ptolemaicus. [Antwerp: Plantin Press,] 1595.
ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598). Theatrum orbis terrarum. – Parergon. – Nomenclator ptolemaicus. [Antwerp: Plantin Press,] 1595.
ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598). Theatrum orbis terrarum. – Parergon. – Nomenclator ptolemaicus. [Antwerp: Plantin Press,] 1595.
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ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598). Theatrum orbis terrarum. – Parergon. – Nomenclator ptolemaicus. [Antwerp: Plantin Press,] 1595.

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ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598). Theatrum orbis terrarum. – Parergon. – Nomenclator ptolemaicus. [Antwerp: Plantin Press,] 1595.

A fine, coloured copy of the Theatrum in a contemporary binding. Only the Nomenclator of the 1595 edition is dated, printed by Plantin who took over the publication of Ortelius's landmark atlas in 1579. Considerably improved and enlarged since the first edition of 1570, this edition incorporates the maps of the Additamentum V, amounting to 115 numbered maps and 32 maps and views within the Parergon, the atlas of ancient geography. The maps and plates in the Parergon may be considered 'the most outstanding engravings depicting the wide-spread interest in classical geography in the 16th century' (Van der Krogt). Among the alterations to this edition are the maps of ancient Britain and Egypt, formerly printed on two sheets each. Here they are replaced by new maps, each on one sheet. Only 500 copies of this 1595 edition were printed. Shirley BL, T.ORT–1aa; Van der Krogt 31:051.

3 parts in one volume, folio (435 x 295mm). Latin text. Engraved allegorical title, full-page portrait of Ortelius, woodcut architectural border to Parergon title, 143 (of 147) engraved maps, all coloured by a contemporary hand, all on guards, most double-page, large Plantin device on Nomenclator title (lacking maps 29 Gallia Narbonens and 103 Islandia from the Theatrum, and maps 143 Abrahami Patriarchae Peregrenatio and 147, Daphne Antiochiae Suburbium from the Parergon, 4 tiny marginal wormholes from beginning through to map 3, only in the caption of the title, in border of world map and in sea of Asia, a few very short marginal repaired tears, light soiling and browning, heavier to map 80, Tuscany, occasional insignificant ink stains, Munich on map 65 obscured by an ink smudge). Contemporary (?publisher’s) panelled calf, central arabesque and cornerpieces (some old repairs to corners and head- and tailcaps, spine worn and defective, extremities rubbed, lacking silk ties). Provenance: short historical notes in a 17th-century hand on versos of the maps of Peru and Scotland.
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