Auction 142, Lot 578

"Insularum Aliquot Maris Mediterranei Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Mediterranean Islands

Period: 1573 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.7 x 14.2 inches
47.5 x 36.1 cm

Splendid composite of six maps of the major islands in the Mediterranean; Sardinia, Sicily, Corfu, Djerba, Elba, and Malta. Each map is beautifully engraved and embellished with a variety of ships including a sinking ship off the coast of Malta where Saint Paul was supposed to have shipwrecked. Dutch text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #141.

Condition: B+

Attractive old color on watermarked paper with a few tiny spots along the centerfold. There are light damp stains in blank margins, barely entering map at bottom corners, resulting in two tiny edge tears in the lower left blank margin .

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $650

Closed on 11/28/2012