Auction 122, Lot 596

"Salisburgensis Iurisdictio…", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Austria

Period: 1574 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

17 x 13.2 inches
43.2 x 33.5 cm

This unusual regional map is drawn as though on a parchment with its edges curling up to reveal a view of the city beneath it. The cartography is based on Marcus Secznagel. This is the first of Ortelius' maps of the region surrounding Salzburg with the large bird's-eye view of the city in the lower right quadrant. This plate was used for the editions between 1570 and 1595 and was replaced with a much less decorative map in the later editions; this edition was published in 1574. It is a superb example of decorative cartography. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #107.

Condition: B+

A nicely colored example with a good impression. There is a stain in the top margin that just enters the map. The margins have some soil and chipping, with a reinforced left lower corner, not affecting map.

Estimate: $350 - $500

Sold for: $200

Closed on 12/5/2007