Auction 127, Lot 756

"Carthaginis Celeberrimi Sinus Typus", Ortelius/Vrients

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1609 (published)

Publication: Epitome theatri orbis terrarum

Color: Hand Color

4.7 x 3.2 inches
11.9 x 8.1 cm

Miniature map showing Tunis and its surroundings decorated with a ship and strapwork title cartouche. The map depicts the ancient site of Carthage with its strategic harbor that controlled trade in the Mediterranean. It was engraved by the brothers Ambrose and Ferdinand Arsenius who had been assistants to Frans Hogenburg and co-engravers of Ortelius' folio Theatrum. This series of maps was accompanied by text by Michel Coignet and was published by Jan B. Vrients. Latin text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) p. 86-87.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $110 - $160

Sold for: $55

Closed on 2/25/2009