Auction 157, Lot 595

"Insularum Aliquot Maris Mediterranei Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Mediterranean Islands

Period: 1571 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
18.7 x 14.3 inches
47.5 x 36.3 cm

This is the first state of this splendid composite of six maps of the major islands in the Mediterranean: Sardinia, Sicily, Corfu, Djerba, Elba, and Malta. Each map is beautifully engraved and embellished with a variety of ships including a sinking ship off the coast of Malta where Saint Paul was supposed to have shipwrecked. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #141.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on watermarked paper with attractive color. There are faint damp stains in top blank margin, several small worm holes in bottom blank margin, and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Unsold

Closed on 5/4/2016

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