Auction 137, Lot 660

"Romani Imperii Imago", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Roman Empire

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14 inches
49.5 x 35.6 cm

Dramatic map of the Roman Empire centered on the Mediterranean and covering most of Europe, Northern Africa, and the Near and Middle East. The map is richly decorated with several strapwork cartouches, two containing portraits of Remus and Romulus, the founder of Rome. The cartouches in the lower section of the map contain an account of Roman history at left and a large genealogical tree of the rulers of Rome at right. This is the second plate with a quote from Vitrivius along the top. French text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #188.

Condition: B+

Wide margins with gilt foredges, with a few light spots.

Estimate: $750 - $900

Sold for: $850

Closed on 9/14/2011