"Portugalliae que olim Lusitania, Novissima & Exactissima Descriptio Auctore Vernando Alvaro Secco", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1584 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
20 x 13.3 inches
50.8 x 33.8 cm
This is one of the earliest and most beautiful maps of Portugal. It is oriented with north to the right and richly adorned with two large cartouches, sailing ships and a very devilish-looking sea monster. The map is based on Fernando Alvarez Secco's map of 1560. The cartouche at bottom contains a dedication to Cardinal Camerlengo, Guido Ascanius Sfortia, from Secco that enumerates the great achievements of Portugal. This is from the first copper plate from the Latin edition of 1584.
References: Van den Broecke #26.
A fine example with a sharp impression and wide original margins. There are two tiny worm holes along centerfold, still fine.