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Auction 161, Lot 542

"Hispaniae Veteris Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Spain & Portugal

Period: 1586 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.9 inches
49.5 x 37.8 cm

Elegant map of the Iberian peninsula depicting the region in ancient times. The map was based on modern information from Clusius' six-sheet map of 1571 with ancient knowledge from Strabo, Appianus, Bongarius, Livius, Valerius Maximus and Suetonius. The region of Gibraltar and Cadiz are included in an inset. The map is beautifully engraved with a stippled sea, strapwork cartouches and calligraphy. This is the first state with Latin text on verso, published in 1592.

References: Van den Broecke #193.

Condition: B+

Full original color on watermarked paper with light toning and some original blue paint splatters in the Mediterranean.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $500

Closed on 2/8/2017