Auction 141, Lot 558

"Fori Iulii Accurata Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Northeastern Italy

Period: 1573 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.8 x 14 inches
47.8 x 35.6 cm

Fine map covers the region from Venice north to the Italian Alps and east to Trieste and Istri, with a good view of Venice floating on several islands in its protected lagoon. The sheet is embellished with a large sea monster, ships, a wind compass and four strapwork cartouches. The map was based on the cartography of Johannes Sambucus, which was in turn based on an anonymous Venetian map of Friuli from the 1560's. This example is from the first state of the plate, published in the first Dutch edition in 1573.

References: Van den Broecke #119.

Condition: B+

Original color on watermarked paper with wide, original margins. There are damp stains in blank margins, just entering map at corners, and a tiny damp stain in center of map. There are a couple of areas of paper weakness in blank margins, not affecting map.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $475

Closed on 9/5/2012