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Auction 167, Lot 297

"Germaniae Veteris, Typus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Central Europe, Germany

Period: 1587 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Geographiae Veteris

Color: Hand Color

18.4 x 14.4 inches
46.7 x 36.6 cm

This is Ortelius' second map of ancient Germany. The region covered takes in all of central Europe from Belgium and France through Poland, to include northern Italy and Hungary. The map is based on the writing of classical authors such as Ptolemy, Caesar, and Strabo. It is richly engraved and features four large strapwork cartouches. Latin text on verso, published in 1618 in Petrus Bertius' Theatrum Geographiae Veteris.

References: Van den Broecke #200.

Condition: A

Light toning along the edges of the sheet with a professionally repaired centerfold separation confined to the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $325

Closed on 3/28/2018