Auction 141, Lot 489

"Silesiae Typus Descriptus et Editus a Martino Heilwig Neisense et Nobili Viro Nicolao Rhedinger Dedicatus Anno 1561", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Poland

Period: 1573 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

15.2 x 10.9 inches
38.6 x 27.7 cm

A nice example of Ortelius' first map of Silesia. It is based on a map by the Silesien cartographer Martin Helweg in 1561, and is beautifully engraved with large forests, mountain ranges, and a strapwork title cartouche and coat of arms. Wroclaw (Breslaw) is located at about the center of the map. Published in the first Dutch edition in 1573.

References: Van den Broecke #102.

Condition: B+

Original color on watermarked paper with wide, original margins and a couple of tiny abrasions at center. There are damp stains in blank margins, far from image, with resulting paper weakness in bottom corners and a short tear in bottom right corner.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/5/2012