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Auction 138, Lot 661

"Romaniae, (quae olim Thracia Dicta) Vicinorumq Regionum, uti Bulgariae, Walachiae, Syrfiae, etc. Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Balkans

Period: 1592 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

20 x 14.5 inches
50.8 x 36.8 cm

This is a stunning map of the classical region of Thrace, covering most of present-day Bulgaria and Romania. It encompasses the southern Balkans from the Sea of Marmara to the Bosphorus, along the western shore of the Black Sea to the mouth of the Danube River. Ortelius based the map in part on the work of Jacob Gastaldi. It is beautifully decorated with an elaborate title cartouche, several ships and a particularly fanciful sea monster. Latin text on verso and the page number 96.

References: Van den Broecke #159.

Condition: B+

There is some light staining and soiling primarily in the blank margins and a few small repairs along the lower centerfold on verso.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 12/7/2011