Auction 126, Lot 696

"Persici sive Sophorum Regni Typus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Persia - Iran

Period: 1574 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 13.8 inches
49.5 x 35.1 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 map of Asia. The map is filled with village and city names. Decorative elements include large strap work title cartouche and a distance scale surmounted by a strange bestiary creature. Latin text on verso with page number 64 indicates this map was published in 1574, an early edition of Theatrum.

References: Van den Broecke #167.

Condition: B+

The map image is near fine with crisp, dark impression and fine coloring on a full sheet with wide margins. A little marginal soiling and some margin tears closed on verso with tissue.

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $180

Closed on 12/3/2008