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Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio.
Selling price: $3800
Latin text on verso.
By 1603 cracks had developed in the top edge of the plate and by the 1620s these had extended in two places almost completely across the top box containing the title. This particular map has evidence of one crack in the copperplate across the left side of the title.
The engraving is a model of clarity and neatness, with typical cursive flourishes to the lettering of the sea names. Surrounding the hemispheres is a strapwork border, between them at the top is an armillary sphere and at the bottom an elaborate compass rose.
Reference: Shirley, World, 157.
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