Auction 119, Lot 548

"Artois - Atrebatum Regionis Vera Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: France

Period: 1579 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm

This decorative map of Artois is the first of three maps of the province that Ortelius included in the Theatrum. The map is based on the manuscript map Jacques Surhon made in 1554. For security reasons it was not published until 1579, when Antwerp had been independent for a short time. The map is filled with extensive detail of the rivers, forests, cities, fortifications and villages, and is richly embellished with two large cartouches and a sailing ship. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #72.

Condition: B

Professionally repair of a 4" tear at lower right.

Estimate: $275 - $350


Closed on 5/9/2007