Auction 137, Lot 663

"Cypri Insulae Nova Descript", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Cyprus

Period: 1573 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 13.8 inches
49.5 x 35.1 cm

This bold map of Cyprus was drawn directly by Ortelius from a written account by the French naturalist and traveler, Pierre Belon (1553). It is embellished with three sailing ships, a sea monster and three elaborate strapwork cartouches, one of which encloses an inset map of the Greek island of Lemnos. Engraved by Jan van Deutecum. French text on verso. Second state, published in 1598.

References: Van den Broeke #149.

Condition: A

Wide margins with gilt foredges, and a few minor spots in blank margins.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 9/14/2011