Auction 113, Lot 74

"Americae Sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1587 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19 x 14 inches
48.3 x 35.6 cm

This is one of the most famous maps of the Americas, and one that had enormous influence on the future cartography of the New World. This is the third state with the revised shape of South America. Other revisions include the addition of the name California on the Baja, and the Indian name Wingandekoa in the Chesapeake Bay region. The Solomon Islands are shown here for the first time since they were discovered in 1568. The strategically placed title cartouche hides the unknown South Pacific and therefore most of the conjectural great southern continent. Latin text on verso with page number 5, published circa 1609.

References: Burden #64, van den Broecke #11.

Condition: B

Fine impression and superb old color. Bit of minor foxing and minor stains, mostly in blank margins. Expert repair on centerfold.

Estimate: $6,000 - $6,500

Sold for: $6,000

Closed on 12/7/2005