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Auction 158, Lot 368

"Insularum Aliquot Maris Mediterranei Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Mediterranean Islands

Period: 1609 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

18.8 x 14.3 inches
47.8 x 36.3 cm

This is the second 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. Spanish text on verso, published in the 1609, 1612 and 1641 editions.

References: Van den Broecke #141.

Condition: A

A clean and bright example on watermarked paper with minor show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $500

Closed on 6/22/2016