"Hungariae Descriptio, Wolfgango Lazio Auct.", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1598 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
19.8 x 13.9 inches
50.3 x 35.3 cm
A handsome map of Hungary, eastern Transylvania and Bulgaria. Ortelius based this map on Wolfgang Lazius' 1556 five-sheet wall map. The map is densely engraved with rivers, lakes, mountains and hundreds of place names, each represented by a tiny castle and tiny animals fill the blank spaces. The title spans the top of the map in a strapwork cartouche. At bottom right is a large decorative cartouche containing the rules for Hungarian consonant pronunciation of the place names. This is the fourth state, with French text on verso.
References: Van den Broecke #150.
A crisp impression on watermarked paper with an old manuscript page number at bottom right and minor soiling along the edges of the sheet.