Catalog Archive
Auction 151, Lot 570

"Florentini Dominii, Fidelissima et Nova Descriptio. Auctore D. Stephano Monacho Montisoliueti", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Central Italy

Period: 1595 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.2 x 13.4 inches
46.2 x 34 cm

Ortelius based this map of Tuscany on a map by Stefano Buonsignori, engraved by Domenico Vito in 1584. Centered on Florence, this map depicts the towns, mountains, and rivers of the Tuscany region, and extends east to the Adriatic Sea. Florence, Siena, Pisa, and several other large cities are illustrated with miniature views. The map is adorned with three large galleons, a strapwork cartouche featuring the head of a monkey, and the coast of arms of the Medici family, a political dynasty from the 15th to 18th centuries in Tuscany. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #131.

Condition: B+

Old color on watermarked paper with an archivally repaired centerfold separation that enters 2" into image at top and a few small spots. There is a damp stain in left blank margin.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $400

Closed on 11/19/2014