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Lot 178: Ortelius, Abraham. Theatrum Orbis Terrarrum. 1570.

To be sold at our Fine Art and Antiques Sale on 10th Jul 2013

Catalogue Description

Ortelius, Abraham. Theatrum Orbis Terrarrum. 1570.

Seventy maps engraved on fifty-three uniform map sheets, with text and ninety-one bibliographical references in the Catalogus Auctorum. The preliminary text is foxed and there are a few worm holes in the inner margin. Maps 3; 4; 5; 16-53 each have a small hole on the centrefold near their lower borders and maps 24-35 and 40-53 have additional small holes on their centrefolds nearer to their upper borders. The text that follows the maps is also browned with some spotting. The condition of the maps is generally good with some slight marking to the lower leading edges of their borders from page turning. Contemporary full vellum binding, titled in gilt on the spine and with blind-stamped armorial shields to the centres of the covers. The binding is slightly grubby with a snag and slight fraying to the base of the spine.

Condition Report

* The Theatrum Orbis Terrarrum (The Theatre of the World) is considered to be the first modern atlas. This copy is the second Latin edition [1570B] of Marcel van den Broecke (see chapter 2 of the second revised edition of his "Ortelius World Maps. An Illustrated Guide, 2011." I am grateful for Marcel's help in cataloguing this lot. See also Peter van der Krogt, Koemann's Atlantes Neerlandici, volume IIIA, 2003. 31:001B.

** Additional photographs of individual maps and /or their texts are available on request.


Price Achieved: £20000.00

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Sale Details

This lot was presented at at our Fine Art and Antiques Sale on the 10th Jul 2013

Further Information about the sale:

This sale includes a fine collection of 4 Albrecht Dürer engravings from the collection of Sir Clifford Curzon and Lady Curzon. Another great treasure to be offered in the sale is a copy of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1570), the Theatre of the World. This vellum bound collection of 70 engraved maps on 53 double page map sheets is the work of Abraham Ortelius, and the work is considered to be the first modern atlas.

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