Auction 113, Lot 646

"Portugalliae que olim Lusitania, Novissima & Exactissima Descriptio Auctore Vernando Alvaro Secco", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Portugal

Period: 1579 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
20.3 x 13.4 inches
51.6 x 34 cm

This is one of the earliest and most beautiful maps of Portugal. It is oriented with north to the right and richly adorned with two large cartouches, sailing ships and a very devilish-looking sea monster. The map is based on Fernando Alvarez Secco's map of 1560. This is the first state.

References: Van den Broecke #26.

Condition: A

Sharp impression. Old paper repair on recto in bottom margin. Minor crease in map.

Estimate: $800 - $900

Sold for: $600

Closed on 12/7/2005

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