Auction 140, Lot 583

"Germaniae Veteris, Typus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Central Europe, Germany

Period: 1587 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.3 x 14.3 inches
46.5 x 36.3 cm

This is Ortelius' second map of ancient Germany. The region covered takes in all of central Europe from Belgium and France through Poland, to include northern Italy and Hungary. The map is based on the writing of classical authors such as Ptolemy, Caesar and Strabo. It is richly engraved and features four large strapwork cartouches. Latin text on verso, published in 1595.

References: Van den Broecke #200.

Condition: B+

Lovely old color with toning along centerfold and foxing primarily confined to blank margins.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $230

Closed on 5/23/2012