Auction 107, Lot 59

"Americae Sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1581 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

19 x 14 inches
48.3 x 35.6 cm

One of the most famous maps of America, and one that had enormous influence of the future cartography of the New World. Engraved by Frans Hogenberg, it is primarily based on Gerard Mercator's great multi-sheet world map of 1569. The most recognizable features of the map are the bulbous Chilean coastline and the exaggerated breadth of the North American continent. The strategically placed title cartouche hides the unknown South Pacific and therefore most of the conjectural great southern continent. This is the second plate, published in a French edition.

References: Burden #52; Van den Broecke #10.

Condition: A+

Superb impression. Two expert repairs in blank margins, well away from map.

Estimate: $7,500 - $9,500

Sold for: $5,500

Closed on 6/9/2004