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Auction 166, Lot 387

Scarce Map of Europe & Mediterranean

"Lumen Historiarum per Occidentem...", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Europe & Mediterranean

Period: 1624 (published)

Publication: Theatri Orbis Terrarum Parergon

Color: Hand Color

13.4 x 10.5 inches
34 x 26.7 cm
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Fine map that covers most of Europe, the western Mediterranean Sea and the adjacent African coast. Frans van Haren (more commonly called Haraeus) was a theologian, historian, globe maker and mapmaker from around 1615 to 1624. He prepared two maps centered on the Mediterranean Sea for Ortelius' classical atlas that described the world known to the ancients. The map is surrounded with columns of text with an alphabetical listing of place names occurring in the bible and other holy writings. Full sheet with text measures 22.1 x 18.0". This map is scarce, as it only appears in two editions of the Theatrum.

References: Van den Broecke #185.

Condition: A

A sharp impression on a clean, bright sheet with some tiny worm tracks along the centerfold that have been professionally repaired, with a minute amount of image replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $550 - $650


Closed on 2/14/2018