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Auction 118, Lot 532

"Angliae, Scotiae, et Hiberniae, sive Britannicar; Insularum Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Britain

Period: 1572 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 13.5 inches
49.8 x 34.3 cm

This map, based on the cartography of Gerard Mercator, is Ortelius' earliest map of Britain. Flemish influence, or possibly a mistranslation, is evident in the rendering of some of the place names, e.g. Ormyskyrk for Ormskirk, Dantre for Daventry, and the omission of the relatively important Peterborough. Distinguished by a sophisticated style of engraving, the map is embellished with two ornate strapwork cartouches, a royal coat of arms, a compass and scale and five sailing ships. French text on verso.

References: Shirley (MCC-94) #86, pl. 42; Van den Broecke 16.

Condition: A

Expert repairs on marginal fold separations.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 3/6/2007