Auction 150, Lot 482

"Frisia Orientalis", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Northwest Germany

Period: 1592 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

19.8 x 14.8 inches
50.3 x 37.6 cm

This terrific map of East Frisia comes from the first edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. It is based on the manuscript map by Jon Bloemmaerts or Johannes Florianus and depicts the important shipping center of Emden and the Watten Islands, . An inset shows the region inundated by the great flood on Christmas Day, 1277, surrounded by an elaborate strapwork cartouche. The map is finely engraved with a stippled sea and a distance scale surmounted by male and female figures displaying the costumes of the region. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #83.

Condition: B

A dark impression on watermarked paper with moderate toning along the centerfold, some printer's ink residue, and archivally repaired centerfold separations at top and bottom. There is scattered foxing confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/17/2014