Auction 137, Lot 635

"Transilvania", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Romania

Period: 1571 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

17.3 x 12.3 inches
43.9 x 31.2 cm

This strongly engraved map of the fabled area in present-day Romania shows mountain ranges, forests and the fertile river valleys. It is decorated with three strapwork cartouches, including one that credits Sambucus' map of 1566 as the basis of this map. First state with Latin text on verso marked page 43. There were only 1675 copies of all editions of this plate and Van den Broecke estimates that 275 copies of the 1571 Latin edition were printed.

References: Van den Broecke #152, The Map Collector #36, p.5

Condition: A

Nice impression. The lower centerfold is reinforced with archival material and there is a little soiling in the blank margins.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/14/2011