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Auction 142, Lot 397

"Europam, sive Celticam Veterem...", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Europe

Period: 1595 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.6 x 13.9 inches
47.2 x 35.3 cm
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Beautiful map of ancient Europe that was based on classical sources such as Salustius, Plinius, Herodotus, Strabo and Dionysius. The land is fully engraved with forests, mountains and rivers, and there are numerous ancient place and region names. Richly embellished with three cartouches, ships and a sea monster. This example was published between 1601-12, with Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #189.

Condition: A

Attractive color on watermarked paper with wide, original margins and a couple of insignificant spots.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 11/28/2012