Auction 134, Lot 540

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

Subject: Balkans

Period: 1588 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
18 x 13.2 inches
45.7 x 33.5 cm

This is one of the earliest modern maps of the Balkans, covering present-day Slovenia and part of Croatia. It is based on the cartography of Augustus Hirschvogel who drew on the work of Lazarus, Ziegler, and Apian. There is good detail throughout, with villages, cities, rivers, and forests. An unusual compass rose, banner title across bottom, and a finely rendered galley ship in the Adriatic Sea make this an interesting composition. Second state, Spanish text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #145.2.

Condition: B+

Good impression and old color with some toning and an old paper repair on the bottom centerfold affecting the title. There is also an old repaired tear in the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $240

Closed on 12/1/2010

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