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Auction 152, Lot 437

"Nobilis Hannoniae Comitatus Descrip. Auctore Iacobo Surhonio Montano", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Southern Belgium & Northern France

Period: 1572 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20 x 14.8 inches
50.8 x 37.6 cm
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This is a superb map of the border region between France and Belgium from the first of three plates that appeared in the Theatrum. It includes the cities of Mons, Maubeuge and Valenciennes. The history of this map is fascinating. It was based on a manuscript map by Jacques Surhon (1548), which for security reasons was not published. In 1572, Ortelius applied for privilege to publish the map, but his request was never granted. The plate was engraved anyway and around 300 prints were made before the plate was destroyed. It was re-engraved on new plates two additional times during the history of the Theatrum. This plate was used in just three editions: the Latin editions from 1584 and 1595 and an edition published without text by Vrients. Beautifully embellished with a large strapwork title cartouche, scale of miles and two coats of arms. Latin text on verso, published in 1595.

References: Van den Broecke #69.

Condition: A

Excellent impression and color on watermarked paper with minor marginal soiling.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $130

Closed on 2/18/2015