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Auction 166, Lot 420

First Printed Map of Wales

"Cambriae Typus Auctore Humfredo Lhuydo Denbigiense Cambrobritano", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Wales

Period: 1592 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 14.6 inches
49.8 x 37.1 cm
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This charming map of Wales is based on the map of Humphrey Lhuyd from 1568 as well as Mercator's 8-sheet wall map of the British Isles circa 1564. It is filled with details of mountain ranges, forests, and cities and also shows the coast of Ireland with Dublin located. It is beautifully embellished with decorative title and scale of miles cartouches, a large ship, and two sea monsters. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #21.

Condition: B+

Full original color that has been partially refreshed, on paper with the crossed arrows watermark commonly found on Ortelius maps. There are some tiny abrasions in the image and minor toning and soiling along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $425

Closed on 2/14/2018