Auction 140, Lot 662

"Regni Neapolitani Verissima Secundum Antiquorum et Recentiorum Traditionem Descriptio, Pyrrho Ligorio Auct.", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Italy

Period: 1573 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 14.5 inches
50.3 x 36.8 cm

This is a beautiful map of southern Italy with north oriented to the left as identified by the handsome compass rose. The map is filled with detail and based on the work of Pirro Ligorio who was best known as an architect involved in the building of St. Peter's in Rome. The title is contained in a flowing banner and a fine sailing ship further adorns the map. Dutch text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #139.

Condition: B+

Attractive old color on watermarked paper with an abrasion at lower right corner resulting in minor loss of border. There are damp stains in blank margins, barely entering map at bottom corners.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $550

Closed on 5/23/2012