Auction 140, Lot 684

"Cyprus Insula [on sheet with] Candia, Olim Creta", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Cyprus and Crete

Period: 1573 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

17 x 14.3 inches
43.2 x 36.3 cm

This folio sheet contains maps of Cyprus and Crete one above the other. Ortelius based these maps on the cartography of Camocio and Bordoni. The map of Crete shows a labyrinth as well as the caves said to be where the aboriginal inhabitants lived. This plate only appeared in the Theatrum until 1584. Dutch text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #148; Stylianou #65.

Condition: B+

Lovely old color on watermarked paper with light damp stains in blank margins, barely entering map at bottom corners. There are a few minor spots, and an edge tear at top confined to the blank margin that has been repaired on verso with old paper.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $800

Closed on 5/23/2012