Auction 137, Lot 708

Scarce Spanish Version of Ortelius' Map of the Persian Empire

"Persici sive Sophorum Regni Typus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Persia - Iran

Period: 1588 (published)

Publication: Theatro de la Terra Universa

Color: Black & White

19.5 x 13.8 inches
49.5 x 35.1 cm

Ortelius based this fine map of the Persian Empire in part on Gastaldi's 1564 map of Asia Minor and on his own 1567 map of Asia. The map is filled with village and city names. The Indus River is on the right. The Caspian Sea has the typical east-west orientation of the period. Decorative elements include large strapwork title cartouche and a distance scale surmounted by a strange bestiary creature. Spanish text on verso marked page 95. Although Christopher Plantin printed several issues of the atlas, the 1588 Spanish edition was the first he published, paying Ortelius royalties for the rights. Only 300 copies of this 1588 Spanish edition were printed.

References: Van den Broecke #167, The Map Collector #36, p.5.

Condition: B+

Nice dark color. There is a small repaired tear in the upper blank margin not affecting the image and a tiny worm track in blank area of image at centerfold with no loss of image.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $325

Closed on 9/14/2011