Auction 109, Lot 540

"Italia Gallica, Sive Gallia Cisalpina", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Italy

Period: 1595 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18 x 13.5 inches
45.7 x 34.3 cm

Handsome map of northern Italy showing the region during Roman times. The Roman road, Aurelia via Antonino, is shown along the southern coast and into the important marble quarry district. Ortelius based the map on classical sources including Livius, Ausonius, Tacitus, Cato, Linius, Polybius and Cassidore. Richly decorated with four strapwork cartouches. Blank verso.

References: Van den Broecke #206

Condition: A

Attractive old color with a couple insignificant spots. Expertly repair tear at right entering 1" into map, now nearly invisible.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $550

Closed on 12/1/2004