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Auction 145, Lot 630

"Insularum Aliquot Maris Mediterranei Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Mediterranean Islands

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

18.8 x 14.3 inches
47.8 x 36.3 cm
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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. This is the second state, with stippling added around the sea names on the Sicily map. French text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #141.

Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with wide, original margins, all edges gilt, and just a few minor spots in the image.

Estimate: $750 - $900


Closed on 6/12/2013