Auction 136, Lot 593

"Romaniae, (quae olim Thracia Dicta) Vicinorumq Regionum, uti Bulgariae, Walachiae, Syrfiae, etc. Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Balkans

Period: 1584 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 14.4 inches
50.3 x 36.6 cm

This is a stunning map of the classical region of Thrace, covering most of present-day Bulgaria and Romania. It encompasses the southern Balkans from the Sea of Marmara to the Bosphorus, along the western shore of the Black Sea to the mouth of the Danube River. Ortelius based the map in part on the work of Jacob Gastaldi. It is beautifully decorated with an elaborate title cartouche, several ships and a particularly fanciful sea monster. French text on verso and the page number 102, indicating it was published in the 1598 edition of the Theatrum..

References: Van den Broecke #159.

Condition: A

Minor offsetting and color bleed through on verso, else fine.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $325

Closed on 6/1/2011