Auction 137, Lot 654

"Siciliae Veteris Typus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Sicily, Italy

Period: 1584 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.1 x 15.7 inches
48.5 x 39.9 cm

Stunning map with three decorative cartouches and a large inset of the harbor and city of Syracuse. Ortelius based this map on Gastaldi's map of Sicily from 1545. The map locates numerous smaller islands and extends to show a small part of the mainland of Italy. The waters are filled with beautiful script, sea monsters, and ships. This is the third state, published in the 1624 Parergon edition of the Theatrum, with Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke, M. #211.3.

Condition: B+

A printer's crease at left and faint toning along centerfold, else very good.

Estimate: $700 - $900

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/14/2011