THE FIRST MINIATURE ATLAS PRINTED IN THE FRENCH LANGUAGE
ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM / GALLE, PHILIPPE
Le Miroir Du Monde Reduict Primierement En Rithme... A Anvers, De l’Imprimerie de Chritofle Plantin, pour Philippe Galle. M.D.LXXIX
Oblong octavo. Contemporary vellum binding. 72 maps, 6 of which are folding (including the rare world map). Large margins. An excellent example.
First French Edition. Rare. This excellent small work was not only the first French edition of the reduced Ortelius’s atlas, it was also the first miniature atlas to be printed in the French language. The tremendous success of Ortelius’s landmark 1570 Theatrum led to the publication of a miniature version, which was the first pocket-sized atlas issued in The Netherlands. It first appeared in Dutch in 1577, with this 1579 French edition being the next to appear. These works were very popular, far less expensive than folio editions, and brought information to a broader market. While the miniature Ortelius was a great success, with a number of versions issued by different publishers from 1577 to 1612, the early editions are of considerable rarity. Only the first five editions, all issued by Ortelius’s friend Philippe Galle, contain six beautifully engraved, larger format folding maps. The largest of these is a rare world map which Shirley describes as a “neatly engraved reduction of Ortelius’s first world map.” Other folding maps are Europae, Germania, Italiae, Germania Inferior, and Galliae.
Inventory No. 13470