"Schlavoniae, Croatiae, Carniae, Istriae, Bosniae, Finitimarumque Regionum Nova Descriptio, Auctore Augustino Hirsuogelio.", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1573 (circa)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
18.2 x 13.2 inches
46.2 x 33.5 cm
This is one of the earliest modern maps of the Balkans, covering present-day Slovenia and part of Croatia. It is based on the cartography of Augustus Hirschvogel who drew on the work of Lazarus, Ziegler, and Apian. There is good detail throughout, with villages, cities, rivers, and forests. An unusual compass rose, banner title across bottom, and a finely rendered galley ship in the Adriatic Sea make this an interesting composition. This is the first state with Latin text on verso, published between 1573-75.
References: Van den Broecke #145.1.
Watermarked paper with two tiny worm holes and a centerfold separation at bottom that has been closed on recto with old paper. There are damp stains at right and left, causing some paper weakness in blank margins and a small spot in top right corner of map, all of which have been reinforced on verso with old paper.