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  ATLASES 

ORTELIUS, Abraham. [The First German Edition of Ortelius's atlas]
Theatrum oder Schawplatz des erdbodems, warin die Landttafell der gantzen weldt, mit sambt aine der selben kurtze erklarng zu sehen ist. Durch Abrahamum Ortelium. Antwerp: Gielis von Diest for the Author, 1572, German text edition. Large 2º, C17th mottled calf gilt, rebacked with original spine laid on, marbled edges; pp. (xii), titlepage with German title label pasted over the original Latin; 53 maps in fine original colour + (6) (epilogue & Index, privilege & colophon). Damp staining affecting up to map 3, with restoration to the margins of the first two maps; pair of worm holes affecting to map 12, a few filled; a few other small repairs.
The first German edition of the Theatrum, published only two years after the first, still containing only the original 53 maps: the world & four continents, 30 maps of regions of Europe and eight of the rest of the world.This example is on particularly good-quality paper, allowing it to withstand the effects of the original green colour well. The 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' was the world's first regularly-produced atlas, with uniform maps and text, designed to be bound. The following year the first 'Additamentum' was issued, containing 16 new maps; eventually the number of maps reached 166. VAN DEN BROECKE: p.24, estimating 150 copies printed; KOEMAN: Ort 5.
[Ref: 16742]   P.O.A.


  AMERICA 

ORTELIUS, Abraham. [The most famous map of the Americas, the cornerstone of any map collection]
America Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio. Antwerp, 1575, Latin text edition. Original colour. 355 x 480mm.
This map of America is one of the most important and influential maps of the continent published in the 16th Century. This example has the pagination of the 1575 edition of the Theatrum erased and the number of the 1579 edition added in old ink mss: the publishers were obviously using up the remainder of an old edition. It is printed from the first of three copper plates, all engraved by Frans Hogenberg, when the 1579 edition usually has the second. It comes from the third state, with the Azores now correctly named and the latitude number '230' erased. BURDEN: 39; VAN DEN BROECKE: 9, iii of iii.
[Ref: 12929]    £3,600.00 ($4,608 • €4,122 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [The first printed map of the Pacific]
Maris Pacifici, (quod vulgo Mar del Zur) cum regionibus circumiacentibus, insulusque in eodem passim sparsis, novissima descriptio. Antwerp, 1592, Latin text edition. 345 x 495mm. A near mint condition example with wide margins.
An early example of the most sought-after of Ortelius's atlas maps, first published only two years earlier. Engraved in 1589, it pre-dates the concept of California as an island, has a huge island of New Guinea and an unrecognisable Japan. The south Pacific is filled with a vignette of the 'Victoria', Magellan's ship: his route through the Magellan Straits is shown, with Terra del Fuego depicted as part of the huge 'Terra Australis'. VAN DEN BROECKE: 12.
[Ref: 15637]    £7,000.00 ($8,960 • €8,015 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [Ortelius's third plate of the Americas]
America Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio. Antwerp, 1595, Latin text edition. Original colour with additions. 355 x 480mm. A very fine example.
Printed from the last of three plates, all engraved by Frans Hogenberg, now with the famous extra bulge in South America removed and an extra cartouche over Anian. There is an engraved date of 1587 bottom right, and examples of the plate appeared in atlases the same year. BURDEN: 39; VAN DEN BROECKE: 11.
[Ref: 9267]    £4,950.00 ($6,336 • €5,668 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [Ortelius's third plate of the Americas]
America Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio. Antwerp, 1598, Latin text edition. 355 x 480mm. Excellent impression, wide margins.
Classic antique map of the Americas printed from the last of three plates, all engraved by Frans Hogenberg, now with the famous extra bulge in South America removed and an extra cartouche over Anian. There is an engraved date of 1587 bottom right, and examples of the plate appeared in atlases the same year. BURDEN: 39; VAN DEN BROECKE: 11.
[Ref: 13288]    £3,600.00 ($4,608 • €4,122 rates)


 Central America 

ORTELIUS, Abraham. [Classic 16th century map of 'New Spain']
Hispaniae Novae Sivae Magnae, Recens et Vera Descriptio. 1579. Antwerp, 1598, French text edition. Coloured. 355 x 510mm.
A detailed map of 'New Spain' in south-west Mexico, showing Mexico City and Guadalajara. The title is surrounded by one of Ortelius' most elaborate strapwork cartouches. The map was published in the 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum', regarded as the first atlas in the modern sense of the word, with the maps designed to fit the book. VAN DEN BROECKE: 13, state i of ii.
[Ref: 17307]    £700.00 ($896 • €802 rates)


  ASIA 
 China 

ORTELIUS, Abraham. [Ortelius's landmark map of China]
Chinae, olim Sinarum regionis, nova descriptio. auctore Ludovicio Georgio. Antwerp, 1608-12, Italian text edition. Original colour. 370 x 470mm. Laid on canvas to reinforce verdigris weaknesses.
The most decorative map of China. Oriented with north to the right, there are cartouches for the title, scale and privilege; on the map are elephants, Tartar tents and land-yachts. Japan has an extra landmass to the east, with its further reaches hidden by the scale cartouche. The Philippines appear, but with little accuracy or detail; they were not even named until the second state (c.1588). WALTER: 11f, illus; VAN DEN BROECKE: 164, state 3 of 3, with the Philippines named and some extra strengthening of the engraving.
[Ref: 15820]    £4,500.00 ($5,760 • €5,153 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [Ortelius's landmark map of China in fine original colour]
Chinae, olim Sinarum regionis, nova descriptio. auctore Ludovicio Georgio. Antwerp: Jan Baptist Vrients, 1603, Latin text edition. Fine original colour. 370 x 470mm. Verdigris crack in unprinted area of map repaired; text trimmed on verso with edges reinforced with archivist's tissue.
The most decorative map of China. Oriented with north to the right, there are cartouches for the title, scale and privilege; on the map are elephants, Tartar tents and land-yachts. Japan has an extra landmass to the east, with its further reaches hidden by the scale cartouche. The Philippines appear, but with little accuracy or detail; they were not even named until the second state (c.1588). WALTER: 11f, illus; VAN DEN BROECKE: 164.
[Ref: 17444]    £5,000.00 ($6,400 • €5,725 rates)


 Japan 

ORTELIUS, Abraham. [Early 17th century miniature map of Japan]
Iaponia Insvla. Antwerp, J.B.Vrients, 1601, Latin edition. Coloured. 90 x 130mm.
Japan, from the plate engraved by the Arsenius brothers, first issued 1601, with longitude and latitude numbers in the borders. Vrients did not purchase the Arsenius plates from Keerbergen until after 1604, so he must have rented the plates or bought printed sheets for this edition. KOEMAN: Ort 61; HUBBARD: 10.
[Ref: 15806]    £280.00 ($358 • €321 rates)


 Tartary 

ORTELIUS, Abraham. [A 16th century Dutch map of Tartary]
Tartariae Sive Magni Chami Regni typus. Antwerp, 1598, French text edition. Coloured. 360 x 490mm.
A fine map of Tartary, showing from the Black Sea to the North Pacific, with an out-sized Japan and a peninsular California. Published in the 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum', the map is decorated with strapwork cartouches for the title and scale, vignette of the Tsar and the Grand Cham sitting before tents, and galleons & flying fish. Of interest is the depiction of the Strait of Anian, a narrow stretch of water dividing America and Asia, believed to be an easy way to reach the riches of Cathay. On the Asian side is 'Argon', which was, according to the engraved text, a former Christian kingdom known to Prester John of Africa. VAN DEN BROECKE: 163; WALTER: 11e.
[Ref: 14889]    £2,000.00 ($2,560 • €2,290 rates)


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