Auction 137, Lot 497

Ortelius' Earliest Map of Britain

"Angliae, Scotiae, et Hiberniae, sive Britannicar; Insularum Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Britain

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.5 x 13.4 inches
49.5 x 34 cm

This map, based on the cartography of Gerard Mercator, is Ortelius' earliest map of Britain. Flemish influence, or possibly a mistranslation, is evident in the rendering of some of the place names, e.g. Ormyskyrk for Ormskirk, Dantre for Daventry, and the omission of the relatively important Peterborough. Distinguished by a sophisticated style of engraving, the map is embellished with two ornate strapwork cartouches, the royal coat of arms of the UK, dividers and distance scale and five sailing ships. French text on verso.

References: Shirley (MCC-94) #86, pl. 42; Van den Broecke #16.

Condition: A

Wide margins with gilt foredges, with a few insignificant spots.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 9/14/2011

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