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