Auction 137, Lot 644

"Regni Neapolitani Verissima Secundum Antiquorum et Recentiorum Traditionem Descriptio, Pyrrho Ligorio Auct.", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Italy

Period: 1571 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 14.5 inches
50.3 x 36.8 cm

This is a beautiful map of southern Italy with north oriented to the left as identified by the handsome compass rose. The map is filled with detail and based on the work of Pirro Ligorio who was best known as an architect involved in the building of St. Peter's in Rome. The title is contained in a flowing banner and a fine sailing ship further adorns the map. Latin text on verso marked page 37. Van den Broecke estimates that 275 copies of this 1571 Latin edition were printed.

References: Van den Broecke #139, The Map Collector #36, p.5.

Condition: A

Very good example. The centerfold has been reinforced with archival material on verso to repair minor separation at bottom. Tight upper margin but sufficient for framing.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $500

Closed on 9/14/2011