"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.
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.