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Malta Olim Melita Insula

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Malta Olim Melita Insula : A. Ortelius / P. Galle

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A charming and scarce miniature map of Malta, published in the "Epitome Du Theatre Du Monde". The map is decorated with a galley of the Order of St John, a sinking vessel and survivors from the wreck presumably alluding to St Paul's arrival on the island's northwest coast, and there is an open-mouthed sea-monster in the bottom right hand corner. The engraver was Philips Galle, the printer Christopher Plantin. French text to verso describes Corfu.
mapmakers: A. Ortelius   P. Galle  
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1577-
medium and colour: copperplate, coloured
size in mm: 80 by 105mm (3.25 by 4.25 inches).
ref: 43146
literature: Mason, Maps Of Malta In The Order Of St John, 18.

Price: £ 300£ 180

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