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Auction 146, Lot 473

"Brabantiae Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Low Countries

Period: 1591 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.9 x 14.5 inches
48 x 36.8 cm
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Ortelius based this map of Brabant, a duchy of the Holy Roman Empire covering parts of the Netherlands and Belgium, on Jacob van Deventer's six-sheet map published in 1536. Numerous towns are shown, including Antwerp, Rotterdam, Roermond and Bergen op Zoom with north oriented to the left. An inset centering on Mechelen, an important city in between Antwerp and Brussels, appears in the top right corner in one of the map's four ornate cartouches. This is the second plate with French text on verso, published in 1598.

References: Van den Broecke #66.

Condition: B+

On watermarked paper with wide, original margins. Centerfold separations in the top blank margin and at bottom entering 1/2" into image have been repaired with archival materials.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/4/2013