Auction 112, Lot 542

"Romaniae, (quae olim Thracia Dicta) Vicinorumq Regionum, uti Bulgariae, Walachiae, Syrfiae, etc. Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Balkans

Period: 1584 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

19.7 x 14.4 inches
50 x 36.6 cm

Stunning map of the classical region of Thrace, encompassing the southern Balkans from the Sea of Marmara to the Bosphorus with most of present-day Bulgaria and Romania up the western shore of the Black Sea to the mouth of the Danube River. Ortelius based the map in part on the work of Jacob Gastaldi. Beautifully decorated with a most elaborate title cartouche, ships and sea monsters. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #159.

Condition: C

Old repair of small hole in centerfold and one small ink mark in lower portion. Looks much better than condition description would suggest.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/28/2005