Auction 168, Lot 533

"Transilvania", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Romania

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18 x 13 inches
45.7 x 33 cm

This map of the fabled area in present-day Romania shows mountain ranges, forests and the fertile river valleys. It is decorated with three strapwork cartouches including one that credits Sambucus's map of 1566 as the basis of this map, and is surrounded by a boldly engraved border. This is the third state with French text on verso. A small crack in the plate is visible at bottom left.

References: Van den Broecke #153.3.

Condition: A

A crisp impression with an old manuscript page number at bottom right and minor soiling along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $250

Closed on 6/6/2018