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[An Association Copy of Ortelius' Theatrum]

image of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.

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ORTELIUS, Abraham.
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Antwerp: Gillis van den Rade, 1575. Folio, contemporary full calf gilt rebacked, bookplate on front pastedown; engraved titlepage in original colour with gold highlights including a mss presentation inscription from Anthony Bacon; pp. (xix), 70 maps, as called for, in original hand colour, five maps with minor repairs to either centrefold or margin.
A fine example of the first regularly produced atlas, as well as an important association copy, with a gilt mss presentation inscription from Anthony Bacon to "B. Turræo Italo DDD". Anthony Bacon (1558-1601), foster-brother of Francis Bacon and nephew of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, worked as a spy for both Burghley and Walsingham (Elizabeth I's spy-master), gathering intelligence in France and Geneva 1579-1581, before being sent by Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, to undertake 'certain business for the queen' in Bordeaux. The ODNB describes Bacon's talents as being 'fully recognised by those players engaged in the complex negotiations of English and European politics during the last two decades of the sixteenth century'. 'Turræo' (Turraeus or della Torre?) cannot be identified with any certainty, but he must have been an extremely important contact to be presented with such an extremely expensive gift. The bookplate is that of Bob Luza (1893-1980), an Amsterdam doctor and holocaust survivor, whose collection was auctioned in Amsterdam in 1981. This was the only atlas in his collection. Koeman: Ort 13.
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