"Helvetiae Descriptio, Aegidio Tschudo Auct.", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1598 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
17.8 x 13.5 inches
45.2 x 34.3 cm
An early map of Switzerland with north oriented at the bottom of the chart. The map was based on the work of Aegidius Tschudi, a historian of the Swiss Confederation. The title is engraved onto the top of an unusual three dimensional title box. French text on verso.
References: Van den Broecke #115.
A sharp impression on a sheet bearing the horn watermark commonly found on Ortelius maps. There is very light toning that is more pronounced along the edges of the sheet, a few spots of foxing almost entirely confined to the blank margins, a manuscript page number below the neatline, and faint manuscript text in the side margins.