London, South Kensington
25 November 2014
ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598) Theatrum oder Schwabüch des Erdtkreijs. Antwerp: [Jan Baptist Vrients], 1602. 2° (400 x 278mm). German text. Hand-coloured engraved title and portrait of Ortelius, 74 double-page engraved maps all with contemporary hand-colouring, mounted on guards. (Title irregularly cut down and mounted, a number of leaves with minor marginal repaired tears, numbering of maps erased, some light browning and soiling.) Contemporary half calf (rebacked and recornered, preserving original spine, new endpapers).
The scarce German edition of Ortelius's Theatrum orbis terrarum, THE MAPS ALL COLOURED BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND. The atlas is bound out of order, with a number of the plates from the Parergon appearing at the beginning. Van der Krogt IIIA 31:251. Sold as a collection of maps, not subject to return.
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