Auction 151, Lot 446

"Europam sive Celticam Veterem, sic Describere Conabar Abrahamus Ortelius", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Europe

Period: 1638 (published)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

18.9 x 14.1 inches
48 x 35.8 cm

This is an uncommon variant of the map Jansson issued in his historical atlas. It is based on Ortelius' map of the same title, and credits him in the title cartouche. It covers Celtic Europe and is fully engraved with forests, mountains and rivers, and there are several ancient tribal and place names. The map bears the same engraver's imprint of Everard Symonsz Hamersveldt and the cartographic content remains unchanged, but the cartouches have been simplified. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) 1000H:1A.

Condition: B+

Original color on watermarked paper with wide margins. There are a few short printer's creases, a stain just west of Denmark, and minor soiling. There is moderate soiling and several professionally repaired chips and tears all confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 11/19/2014