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Auction 115, Lot 584

"Fori Iulii Accurata Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Italy

Period: 1573 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20 x 13.2 inches
50.8 x 33.5 cm

Fine map covers the region from Venice north to the Italian Alps and east to Trieste and Istri, with a good view of Venice floating on several islands in its protected lagoon. The sheet is embellished with a large sea monster, ships, a wind compass and four strapwork cartouches. The map was based on the cartography of Johannes Sambucus, which was in turn based on an anonymous Venetian map of Friuli from the 1560's. This example is from the first state of the plate, Latin text on verso, published in 1579.

References: Van Den Broecke #119.

Condition: A

Printer's crease in lower right corner. Small, nearly invisible spot in map, still overall very good.

Estimate: $700 - $900

Sold for: $650

Closed on 6/21/2006