Auction 114, Lot 443

"Germania", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Europe - Central

Period: 1579 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 14.3 inches
50.3 x 36.3 cm

Elegant map of the German Empire, which at the time included the Netherlands and Belgium, stretching from Calais to the Wista River in present day Poland, and south to the Adriatic Sea. Ortelius based this beautiful map on Christiaan Sgrothen's map of 1565. The title is enclosed is a strapwork cartouche, below which sails a large ship, and two large cartouches incorporate the royal coat of arms and scale of miles. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #56.

Condition: B

Some general light surface soil. Old repair on centerfold.

Estimate: $550 - $600

Sold for: $550

Closed on 3/1/2006