Auction 129, Lot 523

"Leodiensis Dioecesis Typus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Belgium

Period: 1584 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm

Splendidly decorative map of the Muese River valley including Namur and Liege, with east oriented at top of map. Exquisitely engraved with an elaborate cartouche and scale of miles. Latin text on verso and page number 33 indicates this is the first edition of this plate. This is further indicated as there is no stippling behind the text "Scala Milliarium Leodieuf" in the distance scale. Very early impression of this map.

References: Van den Broecke #63.

Condition: B+

Dark, early impression. Light marginal water stain at top and centerfold repaired in lower margin.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $210

Closed on 9/23/2009