Auction 110, Lot 423

"Gallia Vetus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: France

Period: 1590 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 14 inches
47 x 35.6 cm

Ortelius based this map of ancient France on information from Caesar's De Bello Gallico. It is engraved to show the mountains, rivers and forests with only a few ancient place names. The names of famous people and tribes of Gallia, as described by Caesar, are listed at sides. It is a handsome map with tiny ships sailing in the seas and three strapwork cartouches containing the title, scale and dedication, all surrounded in an elaborately engraved border. From the second of two plates with Latin text on verso, published circa 1608.

References: Van den Broecke #195.

Condition: A+

Lovely original color with mild toning and sturdy paper.

Estimate: $450 - $500

Sold for: $425

Closed on 3/2/2005