Auction 137, Lot 643

"Italiae Novissima Descriptio Auctore Iacobo Castaldo Pedemontano", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Italy

Period: 1570 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20.3 x 14 inches
51.6 x 35.6 cm

Superb map of Italy based on the cartography of Giacomo Gastaldi. It extends to include Corsica, with parts of Sardinia and Sicily, and shows the western coast of the Balkans to Corfu. The map is filled with detail of the topography and cities and features a vignette of Neptune and a mermaid companion, sea monsters, a variety of ships and decorative cartouches. Latin text on verso marked page 32. This is from the first plate of this map as the word "Servia" appears in the upper right corner.

References: Van den Broecke #117.

Condition: B+

Clean and bright image. Centerfold has been reinforced on verso to repair some short splits. Narrow, three inch long printers crease at top near center with a small tear in lower blank margin reinforced. Narrow, three inch long printers crease at top near center. Tear in lower margin reinforced.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $800

Closed on 9/14/2011