Auction 140, Lot 626

"Poloniae Finitimarumque Locorum Descriptio Auctore Wenceslao Godreccio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Eastern Europe - Poland

Period: 1573 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.5 inches
49.5 x 36.8 cm

This is Ortelius' first map of the region, covering all of Poland and extending into Lithuania and Russia in the north and to the Black Sea in the south. The map is based on the cartography of Grodecki (1558 & 1562), which was in turn based on the work of Wapovsky (1526). The map is filled with cities and the forests are boldly depicted. Dutch text on verso.

References: Van den Broeck #154.

Condition: B+

Lovely old color on watermarked paper with light damp stains in blank margins, barely entering map at top corners.

Estimate: $700 - $800

Sold for: $750

Closed on 5/23/2012