Auction 165, Lot 706

"Africae Propriae Tabula, in qua, Punica Regna Vides; Tyrios, et Agenoris Urbem", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1590 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 13.2 inches
49 x 33.5 cm

Very decorative map of the coastline covering present-day Tunisia and Libya based on Gastaldi's great map of Africa and the ancient texts of Diodorus, Siculus, Plinius, Virgilius, Appianus, Halicarnasseus, Athenaeus and Herodotus. The map extends to include Sicily and Malta. The map includes a fabulous strapwork title cartouche and a large cartouche at bottom containing text and an inset plan of Carthage. Latin text on verso, published in 1592.

References: Van den Broecke #218.

Condition: B

A nice impression on paper with the common crossed arrows watermark found on Ortelius' maps. There is moderate toning along the centerfold, light soiling, and professional repairs to several separations and small holes along the centerfold, with a tiny amount of loss of image.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 11/15/2017