"Italiae Novissima Descriptio Auctore Iacobo Castaldo Pedemontano", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1581 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
20.2 x 14.2 inches
51.3 x 36.1 cm
Superb map of Italy based on the cartography of Giacomo Gastaldi. It extends to include Corsica, with parts of Sardinia and Sicily, and shows the western coast of the Balkans to Corfu. The map is filled with detail of the topography and cities and features a vignette of Neptune and a mermaid companion, sea monsters, a variety of ships and decorative cartouches. This is from the first plate of this map, which was replaced beginning in 1584, with the word "Servia" appearing in the upper right corner. French text on verso.
References: Van den Broecke #117.
A crisp impression with one small worm hole in the image, a hint of soiling, and old manuscript writing in the left blank margin. There is a professionally repaired centerfold separation in the top blank margin.