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Auction 153, Lot 35

"Orbis Terrarum Veteribus Cogniti Typus Geographicus", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1660 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.1 x 16 inches
51.1 x 40.6 cm

A classic map of the ancient world based on Ortelius. Europe, Asia, and Africa as far south as Madagascar are centered in a wide oval frame. The climatic zones are marked, and ships and sea creatures surround the map. The title is enclosed in a strapwork panel at top, and an elaborate cartouche at the bottom includes the dedication and beautiful coat of arms. This is the uncommon second state in which the lower dedication cartouche was beautifully completed with a crest, wind-heads, and cherubs. Blank verso.

References: Shirley #385; Van der Krogt (Vol. 1) #0800H:1.2.

Condition: A

Excellent impression and color on watermarked paper with wide margins and a professionally repaired centerfold separation that just enters map border at bottom. There are faint damp stains in top corners, outside of image, which have been professionally reinforced with several short tears repaired.

Estimate: $650 - $800

Sold for: $450

Closed on 5/20/2015