Auction 140, Lot 591

"Thietmarsiae, Holsaticae Regionis Partis Typus [on sheet with] Prussiae Descriptio…", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Germany and Russia

Period: 1573 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

17 x 12 inches
43.2 x 30.5 cm

Two maps on a folio sheet, each with decorative cartouches and a ship or sea monster. The first covers the region known as Dietmarschen in Schleswig Holstein at the mouths of the Elbe and Eider rivers including Brunsbuttel and Meldorf. The cartouche attributes the map to Petrus Boeckel. The second map covers part of the Prussian Empire, which is the present-day Russian enclave of Kaliningrad (here Kunigsberg). Ortelius based this map on the work of Heinrich Zell. Dutch text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #88.

Condition: A

Attractive old color on watermarked paper with light damp stains confined to the wide blank margins. French manuscript writing on verso opposing the Dutch text.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $100

Closed on 5/23/2012