"Schlavoniae, Croatiae, Carniae, Istriae, Bosniae, Finitimarumque Regionum Nova Descriptio, Auctore Augustino Hirsuogelio", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Western Balkans
Period: 1598 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
18.3 x 13.3 inches
46.5 x 33.8 cm
This is one of the earliest modern maps of the Balkans, covering present-day Slovenia and part of Croatia. It is based on the cartography of Augustus Hirschvogel who drew on the work of Lazarus, Ziegler, and Apian. There is good detail throughout, with villages, cities, rivers, and forests. An unusual compass rose, banner title across bottom, and a finely rendered galley ship in the Adriatic Sea make this an interesting composition. French text on verso.
References: Van den Broecke #145.
A nice impression on a bright sheet bearing the horn watermark commonly found on Ortelius maps. There is a hint of toning along the centerfold and a faint manuscript page number below the neatline.