Auction 169, Lot 522

"Germania", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Central Europe, Germany

Period: 1581 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20.1 x 14.5 inches
51.1 x 36.8 cm

Elegant map of the German Empire, which at the time included the Netherlands and Belgium, stretching from Calais to the Wista River in present day Poland, and south to the Adriatic Sea. Ortelius based this beautiful map on Christiaan Sgrothen's map of 1565. The title is enclosed is a strapwork cartouche, below which sails a large ship, and two large cartouches incorporate the royal coat of arms and scale of miles. French text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #56.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on a bright sheet with old manuscript notations in the blank margins. There are professional repairs to several short separations along the centerfold and to a couple of minor tears in the bottom blank margin that enter less than 1/2" into the image.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/12/2018