Auction 170, Lot 442

"Europam; sive Celticam Veterem, sic Describere Conabar Abrahamus Ortelius", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Europe

Period: 1741 (published)

Publication: Description Exacte de l'Univers, ou l'Ancienne Geographie Sacree et Profane

Color: Hand Color

18.3 x 13.8 inches
46.5 x 35.1 cm

Splendid map of Europe in ancient times based on the Ortelius map of the same title. Title cartouche (which names Ortelius) is surmounted by a figure of Europa with flags, banners and a cornucopia. Several little cherubs cavorting with sea creatures surround the distance cartouche. The land is fully engraved with forests, mountains and rivers, and there are several ancient place names. A beautiful example of fine Dutch cartography. Blank verso, published in Pieter de Hondt's Description Exacte de l'Univers, ou l'Ancienne Geographie Sacree et Profane, a French edition of Georgius Hornius' Accuratissima Orbis Antiqui Delineatio, which included maps from Johannes Jansson's historical atlas and Abraham Ortelius' Parergon.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #1000H:1A.

Condition: A

A sharp impression on a bright sheet with wide margins, a couple of minor creases at left, two small spots of foxing in the Mediterranean at bottom center, and faint stains in the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $300

Closed on 11/14/2018