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Auction 146, Lot 579

"Illyricum", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Balkans

Period: 1573 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.8 x 14.3 inches
47.8 x 36.3 cm
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Handsome map of the coastal region of Slovenia and Croatia based on the cartography of Johann Sambucus (1572) and Hirschvogel (1565). It is filled with mountains, forests and hundreds of tiny villages and decorated with a strapwork title cartouche. This is the first state, with Latin text on verso, published between 1573-84.

References: Van den Broecke #144.

Condition: C+

A nice impression on watermarked paper with attractive color and an archivally repaired tear that enters 2" into map at bottom right. There is a small worm hole near centerfold towards bottom, as well as centerfold separations that enter map 0.5" at top and 2.5" at bottom that have all been repaired with old paper. There is a 2.5" x 0.75" section along neatline at left that has been covered with a piece of another similar map.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/4/2013