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Auction 115, Lot 472

"Germania", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Europe - Central

Period: 1584 (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

Lovely old color. Some toning along centerfold, which is reinforced with Japanese tissue on verso. Remargined at sides with a bit of neatline in facsimile.

Estimate: $550 - $600

Sold for: $325

Closed on 6/21/2006