Auction 157, Lot 543

"Poloniae Finitimarumque Locorum Descriptio. Auctore Wenceslao Godreccio Polono", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Eastern Europe, Poland

Period: 1571 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.7 inches
49.5 x 37.3 cm

This is Ortelius' first map of the region, covering all of Poland and extending into Lithuania and Russia in the north and to the Black Sea in the south. The map is based on the cartography of Grodecki (1558 & 1562), which was in turn based on the work of Wapovsky (1526). The map is filled with cities and the forests are boldly depicted. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broeck #154.

Condition: A

A nice impression on watermarked paper with attractive color and light printer's ink residue. There are faint damp stains in top blank margin and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $700

Closed on 5/4/2016