"Fori Iulii Accurata Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Northeastern Italy
Period: 1573 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Black & White
18.8 x 14 inches
47.8 x 35.6 cm
Fine map covers the region from Venice north to the Italian Alps and east to Trieste and Istri, with a good view of Venice floating on several islands in its protected lagoon. The sheet is embellished with a large sea monster, ships, a wind compass and four strapwork cartouches. The map was based on the cartography of Johannes Sambucus, which was in turn based on an anonymous Venetian map of Friuli from the 1560's. This example is the first state with French text on verso, published in 1598.
References: Van den Broecke #119.
A dark impression on watermarked paper with wide, original margins and all edges gilt. There is printer's ink residue and a printer's crease running adjacent to the centerfold.