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Auction 159, Lot 572

"Insular Aliquot Aegaei Maris Antiqua Descrip.", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Cyprus & Aegean Islands

Period: 1584 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.6 x 14.3 inches
47.2 x 36.3 cm
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This handsome sheet is centered on a large map of Cyprus with a delicately engraved sea and two strapwork cartouches. The map of Cyprus is a reduced size version of Ortelius' earlier map of the island, with place names and their locations updated based on ancient sources, including Ptolemy and Strabo. The map is surrounded by 9 smaller maps of Greek Islands: Chios, Rhodes, Icaria, Rinia & Delos, Evia (Euboea), Samos, Kea, Lesbos, and Limnos. Latin text on verso, published in 1592.

References: Stylianou #67; Van den Broecke #216; Zacharakis #1619.

Condition: A

Full original color on watermarked paper with one small rust spot in the border at top right and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $700

Closed on 9/14/2016