Auction 121, Lot 650

"Transilvania", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Romania

Period: 1575 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terraum

Color: Black & White

17.3 x 12.3 inches
43.9 x 31.2 cm

This strongly engraved map of the fabled area in present-day Romania shows mountain ranges, forests and the fertile river valleys. It is decorated with three strapwork cartouches, including one that credits Sambucus' map of 1566 as the basis of this map. Latin text on verso. This map shows evidence of a crack in the left border, indicating that it was published just before Ortelius engraved a new plate after 1575.

References: Van den Broecke #152.2.

Condition: B+

Printed on a sturdy sheet with a couple unobtrusive spots in the map. The wide original margins have a couple of short tears, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $275 - $375

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/26/2007