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Auction 171, Lot 490

"Descriptio Germaniae Inferioris", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Low Countries

Period: 1602 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.9 x 14.9 inches
50.5 x 37.8 cm
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This highly decorative map of The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg is presented in an oval strapwork border with the cardinal directions enclosed in roundels in the corners. The map is filled with detail of the rivers, villages and towns, forest and marshes. Putti hold the title cartouche aloft with ships and a sea monster embellishing the North Sea. Spanish text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #58.

Condition: B

A nice impression on paper with a horn coat of arms watermark, light toning and soiling. There are professional repairs to several separations along the centerfold, a 1/2" tear adjacent to the centerfold in the image, and a couple of chips and tears confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $475 - $600


Closed on 2/6/2019