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Auction 168, Lot 539

"Romaniae, (quae olim Thracia Dicta) Vicinarumq Regionum, Uti Bulgariae, Walachiae, Syrfiae, Etc. Descriptio. Auctore Iacobo Castaldo", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Balkans

Period: 1584 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20 x 14.5 inches
50.8 x 36.8 cm

This is a stunning map of the classical region of Thrace, covering most of present-day Bulgaria and Romania. It encompasses the southern Balkans from the Sea of Marmara to the Bosphorus, along the western shore of the Black Sea to the mouth of the Danube River. Ortelius based the map in part on the work of Jacob Gastaldi. It is beautifully decorated with an elaborate title cartouche, several ships and a particularly fanciful sea monster. Published in 1598 with French text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #159.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on watermarked paper with a couple of minor abrasions, a professionally repaired 1" tear near the center, and an old manuscript page number at bottom right.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/6/2018