Auction 150, Lot 680

"Aegyptus Antiqua. Terra Suis Contenta Bonis, non Indiga Mercis aut Iouis, in Solo Tanta est Fiducia Nilo", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Egypt

Period: 1595 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20.2 x 14.1 inches
51.3 x 35.8 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 in 1603.

References: Van den Broecke #221.

Condition: A

A fine impression with attractive old color and a hint of toning along centerfold.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $450

Closed on 9/17/2014