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Auction 164, Lot 617

"Insularum Aliquot Maris Mediterranei Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Mediterranean Islands

Period: 1592 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.8 x 14.2 inches
47.8 x 36.1 cm

This is the first state of this splendid composite of six maps of the major islands in the Mediterranean: Sardinia, Sicily, Corfu, Djerba, Elba, and Malta. Each map is beautifully engraved and embellished with a variety of ships including a sinking ship off the coast of Malta where Saint Paul was supposed to have shipwrecked. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #141.

Condition: B+

Old color on paper with Ortelius' common crossed arrows watermark. There is minor toning along the centerfold, marginal soiling, and a few small cracks in the map of Elba that have been professionally repaired on verso.

Estimate: $600 - $750


Closed on 9/13/2017