Auction 113, Lot 633

"Scenographia Totius Fabricae S. Laurentii in Escoriali", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Spain

Period: 1591 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum - Paregon

Color: Black & White

18.8 x 14.5 inches
47.8 x 36.8 cm

This is one of the most unusual engravings included in Ortelius' Paregon, which contained historical maps designed by Ortelius himself. In the explanation Ortelius expresses his regret that the seven wonders of the ancient world no longer existed. He presents the view of the Escorial, the newly built seat of King Philipp II of Spain, as a modern counterpart. He describes its function as a church, monastery, university and palace, and boasts that there is enough room to entertain and lodge four kings at once! Latin text on verso, published in 1624.

References: Van den Broecke #233.

Condition: A

Printer's crease near center. Faint damp stains in blank margins.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $375

Closed on 12/7/2005