5 April 2016
ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598). Epitome Theatri Orteliani. Antwerp: Christopher Plantin for Philippe Gallé, 1589.
Small oblong 8° (108 x 142 mm). Title with printer's device, 94 engraved hand-colored maps, all but one with text on verso. (A1, A2, C2 [map of Spain, without text for the following map of Portugal on verso] and N8 [final leaf] supplied, A7-A8 [allegorical plate] lacking, some light browning and staining, a few leaves with minor marginal repairs.) Old vellum.
Second Latin edition of the desirable "pocket" version of Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Ortelius's friends, Philip Gallé, the engraver, and Pieter Heyns, the poet, are traditionally credited with the initiative for this reduced format atlas. Enormously popular, this version of Ortelius's atlas was primarily used by travellers, students and others for whom the folio would be inconvenient. Copies were eagerly sought and usually received considerable wear. The atlas was published by varying printers and engravers through to the 18th century. Koeman Ort 53; Sabin 57688.
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