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Auction 139, Lot 542

"Siciliae Veteris Typus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Sicily, Italy

Period: 1601 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19 x 14.5 inches
48.3 x 36.8 cm

Stunning map with three decorative cartouches and a large inset of the harbor and city of Syracuse. Ortelius based this map on Gastaldi's map of Sicily from 1545. The map locates numerous smaller islands and extends to show a small part of the mainland of Italy. The waters are filled with beautiful script, sea monsters, and ships. This is the second state, published between 1601-09, with Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke, M. #211.2.

Condition: A

Lovely color on watermarked paper with wide, original margins.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $800

Closed on 2/15/2012