Auction 159, Lot 564

"Romani Imperii Imago", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Mediterranean, Roman Empire

Period: 1592 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 13.7 inches
49.8 x 34.8 cm

Dramatic map of the Roman Empire centered on the Mediterranean and covering most of Europe, Northern Africa, and the Near and Middle East. The map is richly decorated with several strapwork cartouches, two containing portraits of Remus and Romulus, the founder of Rome. The cartouches in the lower section of the map contain an account of Roman history at left and a large genealogical tree of the rulers of Rome at right. This is the second state with a quote from Vitrivius along the top. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #187.2.

Condition: A

A crisp impression with full original color on watermarked paper with minor toning and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $750 - $900

Sold for: $850

Closed on 9/14/2016