Auction 129, Lot 648

"Schlavoniae, Croatiae, Carniae, Istriae, Bosniae, Finitimarumque Regionum Nova Descriptio, Auctore Augustino Hirsvogelio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Balkans

Period: 1574 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18 x 13 inches
45.7 x 33 cm

This is the first state of one of the earliest modern maps of the Balkans, present-day Slovenia, based on the cartography of Hirschvogel. There is good detail throughout, with villages, cities, rivers, and forests. Unusual compass rose, banner title across bottom, and a finely rendered galley ship in the Adriatic Sea make this an interesting composition. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #145.

Condition: A

Fine original color with minor toning in wide original margins. The impression is a bit uneven at corner neatlines.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/23/2009