Auction 165, Lot 586

"Florentini Dominii, Fidelissima et Nova Descriptio. Auctore D. Stephano Monacho Montisoliveti", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Central Italy

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.4 x 13.5 inches
46.7 x 34.3 cm

Ortelius based this map of Tuscany on a map by Stefano Buonsignori, engraved by Domenico Vito in 1584. Centered on Florence, this map depicts the towns, mountains, and rivers of the Tuscany region, and extends east to the Adriatic Sea. Florence, Siena, Pisa, and several other large cities are illustrated with miniature views. The map is adorned with three large galleons, a strapwork cartouche featuring the head of a monkey, and the coast of arms of the Medici family, a political dynasty from the 15th to 18th centuries in Tuscany. French text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #131.

Condition: A

A sharp impression on a clean, bright sheet bearing the horn watermark commonly found on Ortelius maps. There is very light offsetting, light toning along the edges of the sheet, and a manuscript page number below the neatline.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $300

Closed on 11/15/2017