"Aegyptus Antiqua. Terra Suis Contenta Bonis, non Indiga Mercis aut Iouis, in Solo Tanta est Fiducia Nilo", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1595 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
20.3 x 14.3 inches
51.6 x 36.3 cm
This handsome map is based on Ortelius' previous two-sheet map of Ancient Egypt with the cartographic sources of Diodor, Herodotos, Strabo and Plinius. The map is oriented with north to the right and provides an excellent view of the Nile River valley. An inset of Alexandria and its surroundings is depicted at top. The map is adorned with a large strapwork title cartouche and ships sailing in the Red Sea. Latin text on verso. Published between 1601-03.
References: Van den Broecke #221.
On watermarked paper with wide original margins and one errant spot of color near centerfold at bottom.