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World and Four Continents]
[Jan Baptist Vrients, Antwerp, 1609] - Copper engraved with hand colour Each map approx. 80 x 120 mm A beautiful set of five miniature maps, depicting the world and four continents, from a Latin edition of the third Epitome of Ortelius' Theatrum. The third Epitome, based on the earlier two editions by Philip Galle, included a new set of miniature maps, all of which were engraved by the brothers Arsenius, with accompanying text by Michael Coignet. Numerous editions in Latin, German, French, Italian, and English were published by the leading printers of the day, including Jan Keerbergen, Jan Baptist Vrients, and Michael Coignet, all in Antwerp, as well as James Shawe in London, and Levinus Hulsius in Frankfurt. The current examples derive from the 1609 Vrients printing. Typus Orbis Terrarum: Unlike earlier Galle editions of the Epitome, which featured a reduced version of Ortelius' elliptical world map, the Arsenius plate is the first miniature map on Mercator's projection to be published in an atlas. The limits of each continent are outlined in hand colour, and key regions are charted. The large expanse of North America features a note attributing its discovery to Columbus in 1492. Five key cities, Mexico, Paria, Jerusalem, Calcutta, and Quinzai (Hangzhou) are picked out in red, as is the Great Wall of China, to the north and west of Quinzai. To the south, the massive, and largely hypothetical landmass of Terra Australis is divided into the regions of Nova Guinea, Tierra del Fuego, Psittacorum regio (Kingdom of Parrots), and Beach (Locach). The map is further embellished with a strapwork title cartouche, a large sailing ship in the Pacific, a sea monster in the Indian ocean, and a border showing degrees of longitude and latitude. Europa: Europe, with adjoining parts of Asia and Africa, the boundaries of each continent outlined in hand colour. Principal cities are picked out in red. The map is further embellished with a strapwork title cartouche in the top left corner, three animals in the Eastern steppes of Moscovy, Prussia, and Hungaria, the hand coloured range of the Alps dividing Hispania and Gallia, and a border showing degrees of longitude and latitude. Asia: The continent of Asia, with adjoining sections of Europe and Africa, the boundaries of each continent outlined in hand colour. Principal cities, including Jerusalem, Mecca, Aden, Samarkand, Ormus, Bengal, Goa, and Quinzai (Hangzhou) are picked out in red. Surrounding Hangzhou, the Great Wall of China is shown pictorially and also coloured in red. Korea is depicted correctly as a peninsula, though the mapping of Japan is very rudimentary. In the bottom right corner, a large landmass is labelled as New Guinea. The map is further embellished with a strapwork title cartouche at bottom centre, a pair of camels and an Indian elephant in the centre of the continent, and a border showing degrees of longitude and latitude. Africa: Africa, with neighbouring parts of the Arabian peninsula and the southern tip of Spain, the boundaries of each outlined in hand colour. Principal cities, including Morocco, Tripoli, Alexandria, Cairo, Mozambique, Mina, and Sierra Leone are picked out in red. The continent itself is effectively divided into three large islands by the hypothesised course of the Nile. East Africa, labelled Abyssinia, features a note about the mythical patriarch and king, Prester John. The atlas mountains are washed in hand colour, and two red bands running across the map indicate the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Off the east coast, Madagascar is labelled as San Lorenzo, and off the west coast, the Canary islands, the Cape Verde islands, and the easternmost tip of South America can be seen. The map is further embellished with a strapwork title cartouche in the bottom right corner, three sailing vessels, in the Atlantic, India Ocean, and Cape of Good Hope, and a border showing degrees of longitude and latitude. America: North and South America, as well as the massive supercontinent of Terra Australis, base [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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