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Auction 102, Lot 39

"Aevi Veteris, Typus Geographicus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1590 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

17.2 x 12.2 inches
43.7 x 31 cm

Crisply engraved ancient world map depicting the area of the earth known in classic times. The map occupies the central section of a larger oval projection and extends as far east as Sumatra and south to Madagascar. A richly ornate border surrounds the map and incorporates four small insets: Europe, Asia, Africa and America representing the "modern" world. Latin text on verso, with "I" pagination indicating this is an early impression from the 1592 edition.

References: Shirley #176; Van den Broecke #186.

Condition: A

Old color with faint toning along fold, still very good.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $900

Closed on 3/5/2003