Auction 123, Lot 60

"Aevi Veteris, Typus Geographicus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1590 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum - Parergon

Color: Hand Color

17.5 x 12.3 inches
44.5 x 31.2 cm

Crisply engraved world map depicting the area of the earth known in classic times. The map occupies the central section of a larger oval projection and extends as far east as Sumatra and south to Madagascar. An ornate border surrounds the map and incorporates four small insets: Europe, Asia, Africa and America representing the "modern" world. Latin text on verso, with the numerals VJ, indicating this example was published in the 1601 edition.

References: Shirley #176; Van den Broecke #186.

Condition: A

A lovely impression on a strong sheet with wide margins. The margins have some short tears and tape repairs, none affecting the map.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $900

Closed on 2/20/2008