Catalog Archive
Auction 156, Lot 544

"Transilvania", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Romania

Period: 1570 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

17.1 x 12.2 inches
43.4 x 31 cm

This strongly engraved map of the fabled area in present-day Romania shows mountain ranges, forests and the fertile river valleys. It is decorated with three strapwork cartouches, including one that credits Sambucus' map of 1566 as the basis of this map. First state with Latin text on verso marked page 43. There were only 1650 copies printed of all editions of this plate before a new plate was engraved.

References: Van den Broecke #152.1; The Map Collector #36, p.5

Condition: A

A clean and bright example on watermarked paper with attractive color. Wide margins with light soiling and damp stains confined to far blank margins.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $210

Closed on 2/17/2016