ORTELIUS, Abraham Theatro del mondo.

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Ortelius’ pocket-atlas
Ortelius’ pocket-atlas in Italian, complete with its 108 full-page maps, preserved in its contemporary binding.

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Venetia, Per Scipion Banca, 1667.

16mo [133 x 93 mm] of (4) ll., 232 pp., (8) ll. 108 full-page engraved maps.

Bound in contemporary stiff vellum. Handwritten exlibris on the half-title: « Bibliotheca Neorelli ».

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Italian pocket-edition of Ortelius’ atlas, illustrated with 108 full-page engraved maps. Philips 478 ; Tooley 31.

« The commercial success of the pocket-atlas was considerable. It was translated into French and Latin (now in prose) and was reprinted several times, long after Pieter Heyns had moved into the Netherlands together with his son Zacharias in 1588. In the year of Pieter Heyn’s death (1598), his son, Zacharias, then living in Amsterdam, repeated the successful best-seller of his father by publishing another Miroir du Monde, using woodcut”. Koeman.

The illustration contains a world map and the continents’ maps: Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. The 103 other maps represent each country for which a note has been written on the opposite page.

The first edition in Italian was printed in 1608.

A charming copy preserved in its contemporary vellum binding.

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