Lot 176
  • 176

Ortelius, Abraham

40,000 - 60,000 GBP
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  • Theatrum orbis terrarum. Antwerp: Jan Baptist Vrients, 1603
Latin text edition, 3 parts in one volume, folio (485 x 297mm.), allegorical engraved title, 154 (of 156) double-page engraved maps with contemporary hand-colour, some maps heightened in gold, contemporary armorial red morocco gilt, upper cover embossed with the date '1607', title repaired at outer edge, map 36 remargined, C4v in the Nomenclator with small stain affecting a few letters, light marginal soiling, lacking maps 133 and 134 (see footnote), minor worming, repairs to spine ends, lightly rubbed


Peter Vok of Rosenberg [Petr Vok z Rožmberka] (1539-1611), arms on upper and lower cover


Koeman III, Ort 36; Van der Krogt 31:053

Catalogue Note

The parts comprise:

Theatrum: engraved title with arms of Philip II of Spain on verso, engraved epitaph incorporating miniature portrait of Ortelius, engraved portrait of Ortelius, 118 double-page engraved maps
Parergon: printed title within woodcut architectural border, 36 (of 38) double-page engraved maps ("Ordines Sacri Romani Imp", lacking upper and lower sheet)
Nomenclator ptolemaicus: printed title with engraved vignette