Auction 161, Lot 720

"Africae Propriae Tabula, in qua, Punica Regna Vides; Tyrios, et Agenoris Urbem", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1590 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.2 x 13.1 inches
48.8 x 33.3 cm

Very decorative map of the coastline covering present-day Tunisia and Libya based on Gastaldi's great map of Africa and the ancient texts of Diodorus, Siculus, Plinius, Virgilius, Appianus, Halicarnasseus, Athenaeus and Herodotus. The map extends to include Sicily and Malta. The map includes a fabulous strapwork title cartouche and a large cartouche at bottom containing text and an inset plan of Carthage. Latin text on verso, published in 1592.

References: Van den Broecke #218.

Condition: B+

A striking impression with full original color on paper with Ortelius' traditional crossed arrows watermark. There is very light toning along the centerfold and faint damp stains in the bottom margin.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 2/8/2017

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