Auction 133, Lot 420

"Belgii Veteris Typus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Low Countries

Period: 1584 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19 x 14.8 inches
48.3 x 37.6 cm

This is Ortelius' first map of the historic region of Belgium and the Netherlands. The ancient place names are based on classical sources, most notably Caesar. The map is richly engraved with forests, rivers and cities and adorned with four bold cartouches and a unique compass rose. From the 1592 Latin edition with Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #197.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/1/2010

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