Auction 101, Lot 277

"Europam sive Celticam Veterem. Sic Describere Conabar Abrahamus Ortelius", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Europe

Period: 1670 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 13.9 inches
47 x 35.3 cm

Splendid map of Europe in ancient times based on the Ortelius map of the same title. Title cartouche (which names Ortelius) is surmounted by a figure of Europa with flags, banners and a cornucopia. The distance cartouche is surrounded by several little cherubs cavorting with sea creatures. The land is fully engraved with forests, mountains and rivers, and there are several ancient place names. A beautiful example of fine Dutch cartography.


Condition: B

Crisp impression. Two neat manuscript notations (in brown ink) of place names in Spain. Top and bottom fold separations, both just entering map, and repaired with archival tape.

Estimate: $700 - $800

Sold for: $400

Closed on 12/4/2002