Full Original Color
"Picardiae, Belgicae Regionis Descriptio. Joanne Surhonio Auctore", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Northern France
Period: 1579 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
20.1 x 12.9 inches
51.1 x 32.8 cm
Superb example of the decorative style of Ortelius, based on the cartography of Jean Surhon. The map is filled with detail of the countryside along the Somme River, includes Abbeville, Amiens, Saint Quentin and La Fere (which was obviously a larger city in the sixteenth century than it is today). Two large and elaborate strapwork cartouches decorate the map at top and bottom. This is the first state, with Latin text on verso from the 1584 edition.
References: Van den Broecke #46.
Full original color on watermarked paper with light toning.