Auction 139, Lot 49

"Aevi Veteris, Typus Geographicus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1590 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
17.5 x 12.5 inches
44.5 x 31.8 cm

This interesting map presents the regions of the earth that were known in classic times within a large oval projection showing the relative size of the now-known world. The map extends into Asia as far east as Sumatra and south to Madagascar and the Mountains of the Moon in Africa. The climate zones are shown as Zona frigida, temperata, and torrida, with the Zona frigida noted as being uninhabitable. An ornate border surrounds the map and incorporates four small insets: Europe, Asia, Africa and America representing the "modern" world. Latin text on verso, published between 1601-1612.

References: Shirley #176; Van den Broecke #186.

Condition: A

Old color on watermarked paper with light soiling in wide, blank margins. Manuscript "N.3" in top blank margin.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $900

Closed on 2/15/2012

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