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Auction 109, Lot 408

"Belgii Veteris Typus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: The Netherlands & Belgium

Period: 1594 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 15 inches
48.8 x 38.1 cm

A beautiful map of this historic region with many ancient place names based on classical sources, most notably Caesar. The map is richly engraved with forests, rivers and cities and adorned with four bold cartouches and a unique compass rose. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #198.

Condition: B

Sharp impression and superb old color. Slight toning along centerfold and light foxing in margins.

Estimate: $600 - $650

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 12/1/2004