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Auction 164, Lot 451

"Europae", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Europe

Period: 1603 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.3 x 13.5 inches
46.5 x 34.3 cm
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This handsome map was based on Gerard Mercator's 1554 map of Europe and incorporates Magnus' information on Scandinavia and Jenkinson's map for Russia. The map extends to include Iceland and part of Greenland, and there is a tiny bit of Labrador intruding into the map at upper left. It also extends into western Asia and Northern Africa based on Gastaldi's cartography. Finely engraved with a stippled sea and modestly adorned with a sailing ship, compass rose, and a tent encampment in Russia. The personification of Europa being abducted by Zeus in the form a bull graces the title cartouche. This is Ortelius' second map of Europe, which replaced the original copper plate in 1584. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #5.

Condition: A

A nice impression on a watermarked sheet with light toning along the edges of the sheet and several printer's creases in the left blank margin, just crossing the top left corner of the map border.

Estimate: $950 - $1,200

Sold for: $800

Closed on 9/13/2017