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Auction 167, Lot 352

"Argonautica", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Eastern Mediterranean & Black Sea

Period: 1624 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 13.5 inches
49.8 x 34.3 cm

This decorative map illustrates the geography of the Golden Fleece legend, covering the eastern Mediterranean from Italy to the Black Sea. The Argonautica is a Greek epic poem that tells the myth of the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts to retrieve the fleece from the mythical land of Colchis. Insets show Europe, Thessaly (home of the Argonauts), and Hellespont and Propontis (the waterway connecting the Aegean and Black Seas). Blank verso.

References: Van den Broecke #226.

Condition: A

A dark impression on a clean, bright sheet of watermarked paper with minor creasing along the centerfold.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,500

Sold for: $700

Closed on 3/28/2018