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By: Abraham Ortelius
Date: 1592 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Condition Code: B+
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Color: hand color
Size: 20.1 x 13.3 inches
51.1 x 33.8 cm
This is one of the earliest and most beautiful maps of Portugal. It is oriented with north to the right and richly adorned with two large cartouches, sailing ships and a very devilish-looking sea monster. The map is based on Fernando Alvarez Secco's map of 1560. The cartouche at bottom contains a dedication to Cardinal Camerlengo, Guido Ascanius Sfortia, from Secco that enumerates the great achievements of Portugal. This is from the second revised plate, first state. Latin text on verso, published in 1595.
See also lot 828 for a facsimile edition of Ortelius' 1570 Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.
Condition Description: Full original color on paper with Ortelius' common crossed arrows watermark. There is light printer's ink residue and some toning along the centerfold.
Ref: Van den Broecke #27.