Auction 129, Lot 691

"Romani Imperii Imago", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Roman Empire

Period: 1579 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum - Paregon

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14 inches
49.5 x 35.6 cm

Dramatic map of the Roman Empire centered on the Mediterranean and covering most of Europe, Northern Africa, and the Near and Middle East. The map is richly decorated with several strapwork cartouches, two containing portraits. The cartouches in the lower section of the map contain an account of Roman history including a large genealogical tree of the rulers of Rome. Latin text on verso and page number 92, indicating a publication date of 1579.

References: Van den Broecke #187.

Condition: B+

Fine impression and coloring. The map has a matching pair of small wormholes in lower margin, one filled in. The lower centerfold is split with repair on verso.

Estimate: $750 - $900

Sold for: $750

Closed on 9/23/2009