Auction 119, Lot 739

"Alexandri Magni Macedonis Expeditio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Near and Middle East

Period: 1600 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18 x 14 inches
45.7 x 35.6 cm

Very decorative map showing the conquests of Alexander the Great in the Middle East and Persia, extending to the Indus. The large inset of Iovis Ammonis Oraculum shows the oracle of Jupiter Amman, supposedly situated in present-day Libya, where Alexander went to ask what would be the result of his expedition. Embellished with fancy cartouches, ships, and a spouting sea monster and beautifully engraved with full stippled seas. Second state of the map.

References: Van den Broecke #222.2.

Condition: B

Good impression and color with a few creases through the map that have been reinforced on the verso with tissue.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 5/9/2007