Auction 140, Lot 554

"Anjou. Andegavensium Ditionis Vera et Integra Desciptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Anjou, France

Period: 1579 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.8 x 14 inches
47.8 x 35.6 cm

This is an attractive regional map of France focused on the Anjou region of western France, the present day department of Maine-et-Loire. Angers is at map center and is located next to the Maine and Loire rivers. There are numerous bridges displayed and there is a key at left identifying various islands in the Loire River. Ortelius based the map on a now lost map by Lezin Guyet that was published in Paris, 1573. It is richly embellished with bold cartouches and a harpy atop the distance scale. French text on verso, published in 1598.

References: Van den Broecke, #40.

Condition: A

There is some light text show-through on the left portion of the sheet, else fine.

Estimate: $220 - $250

Sold for: $160

Closed on 5/23/2012