Theatrum orbis terrarum by Abraham Ortelius, on offer at Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg on November 29 with an estimate of €80,000.

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Theatrum orbis terrarum has a very special significance for its groundbreaking innovations in terms of content and set-up. This copy in a “splendid” old colouring is one of only 200 from the last edition that Jan Moretus had printed by the Plantin printshop for Ortelius’ heirs.

The atlas contains more than 150 maps, among them a world map, views of the continents Europe, Africa, Asia and America, as well as maps of the Pacific Ocean and the Norwegian Sea.