Auction 161, Lot 622

"Fori Iulii Accurata Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Northeastern Italy

Period: 1573 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.8 x 13.9 inches
47.8 x 35.3 cm

Fine map covers the region from Venice north to the Italian Alps and east to Trieste and Istri, with a good view of Venice floating on several islands in its protected lagoon. The sheet is embellished with a large sea monster, ships, a wind compass and four strapwork cartouches. The map was based on the cartography of Johannes Sambucus, which was in turn based on an anonymous Venetian map of Friuli from the 1560's. This example is the first state with Latin text on verso, published in 1592.

References: Van den Broecke #119.

Condition: B+

Superb old color on paper with Ortelius' common crossed arrows watermark. There is a hint of toning along the centerfold, a couple of minor creases, and a professionally repaired centerfold separation at bottom.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $350

Closed on 2/8/2017