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Auction 168, Lot 581

"Creta Iouis Magni, Medio Iacet Insula Ponto", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Crete, Sardinia & Corsica

Period: 1584 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.1 x 13.3 inches
48.5 x 33.8 cm

A handsome map of the Mediterranean islands, the larger map depicting Crete and three smaller maps of Corsica, the Ionian Islands, and Sardinia. Ortelius compiled the map from both classical and contemporary sources, including Strabo and Plinius. Strapwork cartouches, a ship and sea monsters ornament the map. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #217.

Condition: A

A nice impression with marginal soiling, light toning along the edges of the sheet, and an archivally repaired tear at bottom left, well away from the image. Small remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $375

Closed on 6/6/2018