Auction 114, Lot 1

"Spectandum dedit Ortelius mortalib. orbem, Orbi Spectandum Galleus Ortelium", Ortelius/Galle

Subject: Portrait

Period: 1579 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 12.8 inches
21.6 x 32.5 cm

This famous portrait, engraved by Philippe Galle, was included in Ortelius' atlases from 1579 onwards. The title translation is, "By looking, Ortelius gave to mortal beings the world, by looking at his face, Galleus gave them Ortelius." The portrait is surrounded in a strapwork and garland frame. Latin text on verso.


Condition: B

Sharp impression and attractive later color. Some light soil and uneven toning. Bottom margin reinforced on verso.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $350

Closed on 3/1/2006