Auction 162, Lot 472

"Descriptio Germaniae Inferioris", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Low Countries

Period: 1573 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20 x 15 inches
50.8 x 38.1 cm

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. Dutch text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #58.

Condition: B+

Full original color on paper with the crossed arrows watermark commonly found in Ortelius' atlases. There are damp stains that extend along the sides of the sheet, entering the map a bit in the corners, and causing some paper weakness in the bottom blank margin, which has been archivally reinforced on verso. There is manuscript French text on verso.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $600

Closed on 4/26/2017