Auction 140, Lot 617

"Salisburgensis Iurisdictio…", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Austria

Period: 1573 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

17.2 x 13.2 inches
43.7 x 33.5 cm

This unusual regional map is drawn as though on a parchment with its edges curling up to reveal a view of the city beneath it. The cartography is based on Marcus Secznagel. This is the first of Ortelius' maps of the region surrounding Salzburg with the large bird's-eye view of the city in the lower right quadrant. This plate was used for the editions between 1570 and 1595 and was replaced with a much less decorative map in the later editions. It is a superb example of decorative cartography. Dutch text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #107.

Condition: A

Lovely old color on watermarked paper with light damp stains confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 5/23/2012