Auction 119, Lot 724

"Romani Imperii Imago", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Mediterranean - Roman Empire

Period: 1601 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum - Paregon

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14 inches
49.5 x 35.6 cm

Dramatic map of the Roman Empire centered on the Mediterranean and covering most of Europe, Northern Africa, and the Near and Middle East. The map is richly decorated with several strapwork cartouches, two containing portraits. The cartouches in the lower section of the map contain an account of Roman history including a large genealogical tree of the rulers of Rome. This is the second plate with a quote from Vitruvius along the top. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #188.

Condition: B

Nice impression with slightly faded original color. Paper repair in centerfold margin, slight abrasion of two areas on lower centerfold in map. Light mat burn in generous, original margins.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $500

Closed on 5/9/2007