First Printed Map of Wales
"Cambriae Typus Auctore Humfredo Lhuydo Denbigiense Cambrobritano", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1588 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
19.6 x 14.6 inches
49.8 x 37.1 cm
This charming map of Wales is based on the map of Humphrey Lhuyd from 1568 as well as Mercator's 8-sheet wall map of the British Isles circa 1564. It is filled with details of mountain ranges, forests, and cities and also shows the coast of Ireland with Dublin located. It is beautifully embellished with decorative title and scale of miles cartouches, a large ship, and two sea monsters. Spanish text on verso.
References: Van den Broecke #21.
Original color on watermarked paper with light soiling, a printer's crease at lower left, and a tiny hole to the right of the centerfold near "Elfel" that is only visible when held to light. Side margins have been reinforced on verso with old paper.