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Auction 161, Lot 528

"Descriptio Germaniae Inferioris", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Low Countries

Period: 1579 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20.1 x 15.1 inches
51.1 x 38.4 cm
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This highly decorative map of The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg is presented in an oval strapwork border with the cardinal directions enclosed in roundels in the corners. The map is filled with detail of the rivers, villages and towns, forest and marshes. Putti hold the title cartouche aloft with ships and a sea monster embellishing the North Sea. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #58.

Condition: A

A nice impression on paper with Ortelius' common crossed arrows watermark. There are a few small worm holes along the centerfold at bottom that have been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $750

Closed on 2/8/2017