Auction 124, Lot 400

"Europam sive Celticam Veterem. Sic Describere Conabar Abrahamus Ortelius", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Europe

Period: 1670 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18 x 13.8 inches
45.7 x 35.1 cm

This splendid map of Celtic Europe is based on the Ortelius map of the same title. The title cartouche (which names Ortelius) is surmounted by a figure of Europa with flags, banners, and a cornucopia. Several little cherubs cavorting with sea creatures surround the distance cartouche. The land is fully engraved with forests, mountains and rivers, and there are several ancient tribal and place names. A beautiful example of fine Dutch cartography engraved by Everard Symonsz Hamersveldt.


Condition: A

Fine impression with a couple of insignificant rust stains.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $700

Closed on 5/7/2008