Auction 127, Lot 37

"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

This interesting map presents the region of the earth known in classic times within a large oval projection showing the relative size of the now-known world. The map extends into Asia as far east as Sumatra and south to Madagascar and the Mountains of the Moon in Africa. The climate zones are shown as frigida, temperata, and torrida, with the Zona frigida noted as being uninhabitable. 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 pagination indicating it was published circa 1601-1612.

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

Condition: A

Fine example with lovely old color and very wide original margins, with just a bit of minor surface soil and a few tiny worm holes in the blank margins and on the lower neatline.

Estimate: $1,300 - $1,500

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 2/25/2009