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Auction 153, Lot 591

"Insularum Aliquot Maris Mediterranei Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Mediterranean Islands

Period: 1579 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.8 x 14.3 inches
47.8 x 36.3 cm

This is the first state of this splendid composite of six maps of the major islands in the Mediterranean: Sardinia, Sicily, Corfu, Djerba, Elba, and Malta. Each map is beautifully engraved and embellished with a variety of ships including a sinking ship off the coast of Malta where Saint Paul was supposed to have shipwrecked. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #141.

Condition: B

Original color with moderate toning and color offsetting with a 2.5" centerfold separation at bottom that has been closed on verso with archival material. Adjacent to the separation are a few additional cracks that have been closed on verso with old paper.

Estimate: $600 - $750


Closed on 5/20/2015