Auction 139, Lot 516

"Transilvania", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Romania

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

17.7 x 13 inches
45 x 33 cm

This strongly engraved map of the fabled area in present-day Romania shows mountain ranges, forests and the fertile river valleys. It is decorated with three strapwork cartouches, including one that credits Sambucus' map of 1566 as the basis of this map. Third state with a crack in the lower-left edge of the plate. French text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #153.3; The Map Collector #36, p.5

Condition: A

A slightly uneven impression at center, and wide original margins.

Estimate: $350 - $425


Closed on 2/15/2012