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Auction 168, Lot 503

"Frisia Orientalis", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Northwestern Germany

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 14.7 inches
49.8 x 37.3 cm

This terrific map of East Frisia comes from the first edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. It is based on the manuscript map by Jon Bloemmaerts or Johannes Florianus and depicts the important shipping center of Emden and the Watten Islands, . An inset shows the region inundated by the great flood on Christmas Day, 1277, surrounded by an elaborate strapwork cartouche. The map is finely engraved with a stippled sea and a distance scale surmounted by male and female figures displaying the costumes of the region. French text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #83.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on watermarked paper with light printer's ink residue, minor toning along the centerfold, and an archivally repaired centerfold separation that just enters the map border at bottom. A short tear in the top blank margin has been closed on verso with non-archival tape.

Estimate: $350 - $425


Closed on 6/6/2018