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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 contained only the original 53 maps: the world & four continents, 30 maps of regions of Europe and eight of the rest of the world. The following year the first 'Additamentum' was issued, containing 16 new maps; eventually the number of maps reached 166. The 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' was the world's first regularly-produced atlas, with uniform maps and text, designed to be bound. This example is on particularly good-quality paper, allowing it to withstand the effects of the original green colour well. VAN DEN BROECKE: p.24, estimating 150 copies printed; KOEMAN: Ort 5.
[Ref: 16742]    £47,500.00 ($60,325 • €53,960 rates)

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