Auction 133, Lot 447

"Provincia", Ortelius/Vrients

Subject: France

Period: 1609 (published)

Publication: Epitome theatri orbis terrarum

Color: Hand Color

4.5 x 3.4 inches
11.4 x 8.6 cm

Miniature version of Ortelius' map of Provence with the cities of Avignon, Marseille and Nice. Decorated with a strapwork title cartouche. The map 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: B+

There is a stain in the bottom margin, well away from the map, and some faint manuscript brown ink the bottom border.

Estimate: $110 - $150

Sold for: $80

Closed on 9/1/2010