Auction 148, Lot 12

Ortelius' Third World Map in an Oval Projection

"Typus Orbis Terrarum", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: World

Period: 1587 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.4 x 14.1 inches
49.3 x 35.8 cm

Ortelius' beautiful oval world map is a simplified version of Mercator's influential map of 1569. From surviving correspondence, it is known that Mercator encouraged Ortelius and provided him with information, particularly with co-ordinates of places in the Americas. This is the first state of Ortelius' third world map updated with the more correct shape of South America and the first depiction of the Solomon Islands off the coast of New Guinea. North America is nearly bisected by a lengthy St. Lawrence River, and the lands of Anian Regnum and Quivira are noted on the western coast. The Atlantic Ocean is filled with phantom islands, including Frieslant, St. Brandain, Brasil and many others. A huge Southern Continent incorporates Tierra del Fuego, and the mythical lands of Beach, Maletur and Lucach. The oval projection is surrounded by an intricate strapwork design with four corner medallions containing quotations from Cicero and Seneca. Italian text on verso, indicating a publishing date of 1608-12.

References: Shirley #158; Van den Broecke #3.1.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with old color and full, original margins on watermarked paper. There are a few tiny abrasions and a centerfold separation that enters 6" into map at bottom that has been professionally repaired with old paper on verso. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $7,500 - $9,000

Sold for: $5,500

Closed on 2/19/2014