Auction 122, Lot 723

"Persici Sive Sophorum Regni Typus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Persia - Iran

Period: 1592 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14 inches
49.5 x 35.6 cm

Ortelius based this fine map of the Persian Empire in part on Gastaldi's 1564 map of Asia Minor and on his own 1567 Asia map. The map is filled with village and city names. Decorative elements include large strapwork title cartouche and a distance scale surmounted by a strange bestiary creature. Latin text on verso with page number 108, placing this as an edition of 1592.

References: Van den Broecke #167.

Condition: A

An attractive example with a good impression. The margins have a stain and some minor toning at the top, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $400

Closed on 12/5/2007