Auction 113, Lot 627

"Hispaniae Veteris Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Spain & Portugal

Period: 1586 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19 x 14.8 inches
48.3 x 37.6 cm

Elegant map of the Iberian peninsula depicting the region in ancient times. The map was based on modern information from Clusius' six-sheet map of 1571 with ancient knowledge from Strabo, Appianus, Bongarius, Livius, Valerius Maximus and Suetonius. The region of Gibraltar and Cadiz are included in an inset. The map is beautifully engraved with a stippled sea, strapwork cartouches and calligraphy. Latin text on verso, published circa 1601-1612.

References: Van den Broecke #193.

Condition: A

Estimate: $450 - $500

Sold for: $350

Closed on 12/7/2005