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Auction 168, Lot 584

"Argonautica ", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Eastern Mediterranean & Black Sea

Period: 1624 (published)

Publication: Theatri Orbis Terrarum Parergon

Color: Hand Color

19.4 x 13.4 inches
49.3 x 34 cm
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This decorative map illustrates the geography of the Golden Fleece legend, covering the eastern Mediterranean from Italy to the Black Sea. The Argonautica is a Greek epic poem that tells the myth of the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts to retrieve the fleece from the mythical land of Colchis. Insets show Europe, Thessaly (home of the Argonauts), and Hellespont and Propontis (the waterway connecting the Aegean and Black Seas). Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #226.

Condition: A

A sharp impression on a clean, bright sheet with some minor creasing in the blank margins along the centerfold. Very light bleed-through of color on verso.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $550

Closed on 6/6/2018