ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM. His epitome of the Theater of the Worlde, Nowe Latlye... renewed and Augmented, the Mappes all newe graven... by Micheal [sic] Coignet. London: for I. Shawe, 1603. Oblong 8vo, 130 x 174 mm. (5 1/8 x 6 15/16 in.), contemporary limp vellum, sewn on thongs, spine lettered in ink and with several 17th or 18th-century paper shelf-labels, lacking ties, very soiled and worn, sewing loose, first quire detached, minor worming to lower margins of first few leaves, title soiled, fol. A6 (Anglia map) a cancel (or supplied from a smaller copy), Cadiz and Vermandois maps (B6r and D6r) imperfectly printed, leaving out lower border and a sliver of map image of the first and extreme lower border of the second, some dust-soiling or darkening to outer margins. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION of Michel Coignet's new adaptation of the Ortelius Epitome, 2 parts in one, engraved architectural title, engraved arms of Walter Raleigh on verso, engraved diagram of the principal parallels of latitude (with small world map), 123 FULL-PAGE ENGRAVED MAPS by Ambrosius and Ferdinand Arsenius, printed on rectos (text on versos), including a world map (Shirley 230), 4 maps of the continents, and 118 regional maps, large woodcut ornament on verso of last leaf. Alden & Landis 603/86; Burden 143-144; Koeman III, Ort 65; Phillips 3407; STC 18856, Taylor Late Tudor and Early Stuart Geography, 641 and p. 42).
ONE OF THE TWO EARLIEST ENGLISH WORLD ATLASES, a rival edition of an undated English text edition printed by J. Norton of the Philip Galle Epitome. The text is a translation of Michel Coignet's new version of the Epitome, published in Antwerp in 1601. The priority of the two English editions has not been definitively established; the dedication shows that the present edition, given priority in STC, was printed before the death of Queen Elizabeth on 24 March 1603, and the Norton-Galle edition was printed in or before 1603 (Cf. Koeman Ort 62). Whichever came first, "these two little books were the earliest world atlases to be published in England and the earliest world atlases with English text" (R. A. Skelton, preface, facsimile edition of the Theatrum orbis terrarum, Amsterdam, 1968). The engravings by the Arsenius brothers are superior renderings of the original Galle engravings, with the addition of a 13-map Addimentum; unlike the Galle maps, the borders of all the maps show latitude and longitude degrees.
Provenance: William Barrett, early signature on front free endpaper -- 18th century manuscript calculations in margins -- Gordon W. Jones, M.D., bookplate.