Catalog Archive
Auction 123, Lot 542

"Hispaniae Veteris Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Spain & Portugal

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 14.5 inches
49 x 36.8 cm

This elegant map of the Iberian peninsula depicts the region in ancient times. The map was based on Ortelius' map of 1586. The region of Gibraltar and Cadiz are included in an decorative architectural inset set atop Latin text, and attended by allegorical figures. The title cartouche is draped with fruit, and a number of ships sail the sea. Beautifully engraved by Abraham Goos. Dutch text on verso.


Condition: A

Original color on a sheet with wide original margins. There is a minor centerfold split, closed with archival tape and well away from the map. Near fine with some faint toning.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $350

Closed on 2/20/2008