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First Printed Map of Wales

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Lot 420
By: Abraham Ortelius
Subject: Wales
Date: 1592 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Condition Code: B+

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Color: hand color

Size: 19.6 x 14.6 inches
         49.8 x 37.1 cm


    This charming map of Wales is based on the map of Humphrey Lhuyd from 1568 as well as Mercator's 8-sheet wall map of the British Isles circa 1564. It is filled with details of mountain ranges, forests, and cities and also shows the coast of Ireland with Dublin located. It is beautifully embellished with decorative title and scale of miles cartouches, a large ship, and two sea monsters. Latin text on verso.

See also lot 781 for Van den Broecke's indispensable reference work on Ortelius' maps.

Condition Description: Full original color that has been partially refreshed, on paper with the crossed arrows watermark commonly found on Ortelius maps. There are some tiny abrasions in the image and minor toning and soiling along the edges of the sheet.

Ref: Van den Broecke #21.

Estimate:
$475.00 - $600.00

Starting bid: $240.00
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