"Scenographia Totius Fabricae S. Laurentii in Escoriali", Ortelius/Coignet
Subject: San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Period: 1609 (published)
Publication: Epitome Theatri Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
4.7 x 3.1 inches
11.9 x 7.9 cm
Miniature version of one of the most unusual engravings included in Ortelius' atlas. When Ortelius designed the historical maps for his atlas he expressed his regret that the seven wonders of the ancient world no longer existed. He presented the view of El Escorial, the newly built seat of King Phillip II of Spain, as a modern counterpart. The map was engraved by the brothers Ambrose and Ferdinand Arsenius who had been assistants to Frans Hogenburg and co-engravers of Ortelius' folio Theatrum. This series of maps was accompanied by text by Michel Coignet and was published by Jan van Keerbergen. Latin text on verso.
References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 86-87; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #Escorial:332.
A crisp impression with light toning, minor show-through of text on verso, and marginal soiling.