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Auction 172, Lot 439

"Gallia Vetus, ad Iulij Caesaris Commentaria", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: France

Period: 1590 (dated)

Publication: Theatri Orbis Terrarum Parergon

Color: Hand Color

18.3 x 14.1 inches
46.5 x 35.8 cm
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Ortelius based this map of ancient France on information from Caesar's De Bello Gallico. It is engraved to show the mountains, rivers and forests with only a few ancient place names. The names of famous people and tribes of Gallia, as described by Caesar, are listed at sides. It is a handsome map with tiny ships sailing in the seas and three strapwork cartouches containing the title, scale and dedication, all surrounded in an elaborately engraved strapwork border. This is the second state with minor changes to the place names. This is the third state with Latin text on verso, published in 1624.

References: Van den Broecke #194.3.

Condition: A

A sharp impression on a clean, bright sheet with professional repairs to some tiny worm tracks along the centerfold and to a centerfold separation that is confined to the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $350

Closed on 4/17/2019