Auction 142, Lot 685

"Aegyptus Antiqua. Terra Suis Contenta Bonis, non Indiga Mercis aut Iouis, in Solo Tanta est Fiducia Nilo", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Egypt

Period: 1612 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20 x 14 inches
50.8 x 35.6 cm

This handsome map is based on Ortelius' previous two-sheet map of Ancient Egypt with the cartographic sources of Diodor, Herodotos, Strabo and Plinius. The map is oriented with north to the right and provides an excellent view of the Nile River valley. An inset of Alexandria and its surroundings is depicted at top. The map is adorned with a large strapwork title cartouche and ships sailing in the Red Sea. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #221.

Condition: B+

Attractive original color with a couple of light stains. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200

Sold for: $750

Closed on 11/28/2012