Auction 154, Lot 537

"Hungariae Descriptio, Wolfgango Lazio Auct", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Hungary

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

19.7 x 14 inches
50 x 35.6 cm

A handsome map of Hungary, eastern Transylvania and Bulgaria. Ortelius based this map on Wolfgang Lazius' 1556 five-sheet wall map. The map is densely engraved with rivers, lakes, mountains and hundreds of place names, each represented by a tiny castle and tiny animals fill the blank spaces. The title spans the top of the map in a strapwork cartouche. At bottom right is a large decorative cartouche containing the rules for Hungarian consonant pronunciation of the place names. This is the fifth state, with French text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #150.

Condition: A

A nice impression on watermarked paper with wide original margins and all edges gilt.

Estimate: $300 - $400


Closed on 9/16/2015