7 June 2006
HEYNS, Pieter. Le Miroir du Monde, reduict premierement en rithme Brabançonne et maitenant tourné en prose Françoise. Antwerp: Christophe Plantin for Philippe Galle, 1579.
Oblong 8° (136 x 180mm). Woodcut compass device on title, engraved emblem, 72 engraved maps by P. Galle, 6 folding, introduction printed in civilité type. (Map of Britain with closed marginal tear, double-page map of Italy a little worn along fold, occasional slight marginal worming.) Contemporary limp vellum, spine titled and dated in pen (covers crinkled, upper cover lifting slightly).
Probable first edition with French text, containing the same 72 maps as the 1577 Dutch first edition. This well-known miniature atlas was reduced from Abraham Ortelius's folio atlas first published in 1570. Philippe Galle cut the plates and Pieter Heyns provided the original text in verse. The folding maps are of the World, Europe, France, Germany and Italy. Koeman III, Ort 48; Burden The Mapping of North America 48; Sabin 31666.
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