Theatrum orbis terrarum. - Parergon, sive veteris geographiae aliquot tabulae. ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598) Published by Antwerp: Plantin, 1592., 1592

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Theatrum orbis terrarum. - Parergon, sive veteris geographiae aliquot tabulae.

ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598)


Published by Antwerp: Plantin, 1592., 1592
Theatrum orbis terrarum. - Parergon, sive veteris geographiae aliquot tabulae. - Nomenclator Ptolemaicus. Antwerp: Plantin, 1592. Fourth edition. Three parts in one volume, the first with a clear division into 3 parts: the atlas itself, the Parergon and the Nomenclator. With engraved title, portrait and 134 double-page maps, all with contemporary coloring. "After this edition, only the fifth Additamentum would further enlarge the Theatrum" (Koeman). Large folio (45,5:32,5 cm, 17.9 x 12.7 inches). Koeman IIIA, 31:041. Engraved title page 31:1A.4 or 31:1B.2:THEA TRVM ORBIS TERRA RVM [-] Opus nuc denuo ab ipso Auctore recognitum multisque locis castigatum, & quamplurimis novis Tabulis atque Commentarijs auctum.Colophon (f. G7v) ANTVERPIAE, IN OFFICINA PLANTINIANA Auctoris aere & cura. M.D.XCII Overall little browning or some staining here and there, tiny wormholes to white margin in few places. Some staining to to guards not affecting map images, stronger to text of Nomenclator. Marginal finger-staining and lesions to engraved title and side margin strengthened, world map torn at top and gutter and restored, Asia torn at gutter and restored, paper repairs to white margin of 3-6 maps (including America), Great Britain (fol. 10), Aegaen islands (fol. 17) color faded. Parergon: stain to white margin of fol. 18 (Andalusia), 2 small surface abrasions to lower area of fol. 21 (Gallia). Overall a broad-margined copy in recent calf gilt. (64F3A) This is the first edition of the Theatrum with a clear division into three parts: (1) the atlas itself, (2) the Parergon, and the Nomenclator. The Parergon had for the first time its own title page. For this title page Plantin made use of the woodblock he had used for the title page of Genesis in the Biblia Regia, printed in 1569-72. Printing started in July 1590 but because of a shortage of paper the printing lasted longer than expected. The Nomenclator was printed between February and May 1591 (the title page was dated 1591). The rest of the Theatrum was printed in the summer of 1591. The first copies were delivered on 6 August 1591. The colophon however has the date of 1592. The Plantin Press printed 525 copies of this edition. After this edition, only the fifth Additamentum would further enlarge the Theatrum. Bookseller Inventory # 6EB0001