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Description: This stunning, original antique Epitome Atlas - Theatrum Orbis Terrarum - by Abraham Ortelius was published in 1595 by Philip Galle. It is the only edition of Epitome not printed by Christopher Platin but by Arnoldus Coninx, making it extremely rare.
The atlas has been lovingly and professionally restored with fine vellum binding with some small later restoration on the title page and two other pages, none affecting the images. The Atlas has new end papers, and contains the original title page, frontispiece, 6 text pages 109 maps with alter colour and descriptive text and finally three index pages shown at the bottom of the image. A unique opportunity to acquire one of the best, if not the best epitome atlas of this period.
Background: The first pocket version of Abraham Ortelius folio Atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum was published by Philip Galle with text by Pieter Heyns. Between 1577 & 1598 Galle issued 11 editions of which all but this 1595 edition were printed by Christopher Plantin. The Dutch editions were published by Heyn's son Zacharias in 1596, which was a re-issue of of the 1583 edition. In addition to the Dutch, French, Latin, Italian & English editions were also published. The pages for the English edition, the last from Galles map plates, were printed in Antwerp and shipped to London for publication by John Norton in 1602. The first two editions of Epitome contained sixty-six miniatures and six small folding maps including one of the world dated 1574. They were all rather crudely drawn and engraved by Galle, with narrow decorated borders. From 1583 he gradually introduced a new set of maps, adding quality and quantity replacing the originals until they had grown to 123 by 1598. (Ref: King; Van Den Broecke; Tooley)
Condition Report Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Later coloring Colors used: - Yellow, green, red, pink General color appearance: - Authentic and fresh Atlas size: - 6 1/2in x 5in (165mm x 135mm) Page size: - 5 3/4in x 4in (145mm x 100mm)
Imperfections: Margins: None Plate area: - Very light ink notations on title and Psalm pages, light age toning on a few pages Verso: - None