ORTELIUS (ABRAHAM) Theatrum orbis terrarum, 3 parts in 1 vol., [Antwerp, Plantin, 1595]
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ORTELIUS (ABRAHAM)
Theatrum orbis terrarum, 3 parts in 1 vol., [Antwerp, Plantin, 1595]
Sold for £43,750 (US$ 57,230) inc. premium

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ORTELIUS (ABRAHAM) Theatrum orbis terrarum, 3 parts in 1 vol., [Antwerp, Plantin, 1595] ORTELIUS (ABRAHAM) Theatrum orbis terrarum, 3 parts in 1 vol., [Antwerp, Plantin, 1595] ORTELIUS (ABRAHAM) Theatrum orbis terrarum, 3 parts in 1 vol., [Antwerp, Plantin, 1595]
ORTELIUS (ABRAHAM)
Theatrum orbis terrarum, 3 parts in 1 vol., Latin text, hand-coloured allegorical engraved title, engraved portrait and 147 HAND-COLOURED DOUBLE-PAGE MAPS, uncoloured woodcut title to the 'Parergon', a few maps loose with traces of tape on verso, contemporary blindstamped German pigskin over wooden boards, central stamped arms dated 1589, metal corner pieces and clasps, upper section of spine chipped and split, some loss to outer margin of rear cover exposing board, lacking 2 corner pieces and one clasp [Phillips 400; Koeman III, Ort 29] folio (485 x 310mm.),, [Antwerp, Plantin, 1595]

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  • "For the first time ... all the elements of the modern atlas were brought to publication in Abraham Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. This substantial undertaking assembled ... the best available maps of the world by the most renowned and up-to-date geographers. Unlike earlier compositions ... each of Ortelius' maps was engraved specifically for his atlas according to uniform format. Through its launching, pre-eminence in map publishing was transferred from Italy to the Netherlands leading to over a hundred years of Dutch supremacy in all facets of cartographical production" (Shirley). First published in 1570, this updated edition contains 115 maps in the first part, and 32 maps in the 'Parergon'.

    Provenance: Gerhart von Aevenschleve Valtinsson, blindstamped arms dated 1589 on covers.
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