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Auction 157, Lot 541

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

Subject: Hungary

Period: 1571 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.7 x 13.9 inches
50 x 35.3 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 first state, with Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #150.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on watermarked paper with attractive color. There are faint damp stains in top blank margin and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $375 - $450


Closed on 5/4/2016