Composite atlas of the Low Countries.
$100000 / ≈ €91109
This highly unusual atlas collates as follows:
1 Hessel Gerritsz: Nova XVII Provinciarum Germaniae Inferioris tabula Leonis effigie, accurate delineata, with the imprint Tot Amstelredam Bij Broer Ianss. en Iacob Pieterss. Wachter A0 1622. This is an unrecorded second (?) state of the Leo Belgicus map of Cornells Jansson (1611) [Tooley, MCS 7, 33 and plate X]
2 Theodore Galle: Gallia. Geographia Galliae descriptio, with Galle's Antwerp imprint, after Pieter Plancius,
3 ibid. Inferioris Germaniae Provinciarum nova descriptio,
4 Abraham Ortelius: Brabantiae, after Jacob van Deventer's map, without text, and with Galle's Antwerp imprint,
5 Gerard Mercator: Flandriae, without text, and with Galle's imprint,
6 Pieter Verbiest: Comitatus Zeelandiae . . . anno 1633, with the imprint Antverpiae Apud Petrum verbist sub signo Americae in platea quae vulgo Lombardorum moenia dictur,
7 Abraham Ortelius: Artois, after Jean Surhon, without text, and with Galle's imprint,
8 ibid. Nobilis Hanoniae comitatus descrip., after Jean Surhon, without text, with Galle's imprint,
9 ibid. Namurcum comitatus, also after Surhon, without, and with Galle's imprint,
10 Claes Janszoon Visscher: Caerte van t'Vrye . . . A0 1633, bearing only Visscher's imprint, but possibly issued by Galle,
11 Jan Baptist Vrients: Limburgensis Ducatus tabula nova, as issued in the Ortelius Theatrum, from 1603 onwards, without text or imprint,
12 Abraham Ortelius: Lutzenburgensis . . . descript, after Jean Surhon, without text, and with Galle's imprint,
13 David Fabritius: Nieuwe beschrijvinge van Oost en West Vrieslant, issued by Galle, with his imprint,
14 Abraham Ortelius: Lorraine. Lotharingiae nova descriptio, without text, no imprint except for that of Galle,
15 Abraham Ortelius: Gelriae, Cliviae. . . descriptio, after Christiaan 's Grooten, without text, and with Galle's imprint,
16 Gerard de Jode: Clivensis et Iuliacensis ducatuum, Trevirensis episcopatus, the two maps on one sheet, without text, no Galle imprint,
17 ibid. Palatinatus Rheni, without text, this copy with the imprint of Galle, however,
18 Abraham Ortelius: Westphaliae . . . descriptio, after Christiaan's Grooten, without text or the Galle imprint.
Theodoor Galle (1571-1633) was the son of the Antwerp engraver, publisher and friend of Ortelius, Filips Galle, from whom he learned the art of engraving. He spent some time in Italy before settling permanently in Antwerp where he set up as an engraver and print-seller. His marriage to Catharina, second daughter of Jan Moretus and Martina Plantijn, in 1598 led to a close collaboration with the Plantijn printing house, publishers of the Ortelius atlas. Through these family ties, he gained access to the plate-stock of the Officina Plantiniana.
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