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Auction 168, Lot 502

"Westphaliae Totius, Finitimarumque Regionum Accurata Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Northwestern Germany

Period: 1579 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 13.6 inches
50.3 x 34.5 cm

This is a very handsome depiction of the North Rhein-Westphalia region centered roughly on Osnabrucke. The cartography is based on a manuscript map by Christian Sgroten made at the request of Philip II of Spain in 1565. The map is adorned with three superb strapwork cartouches. This is the second state with French text on verso, published in 1598.

References: Van den Broecke #91.2.

Condition: A

A dark impression on a clean, bright sheet bearing the horn watermark commonly found on Ortelius maps. There is light toning along the edges of the sheet, faint offsetting, and a manuscript page number below the neatline.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $120

Closed on 6/6/2018