"Latium", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Western Italy
Period: 1595 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
17.8 x 14.1 inches
45.2 x 35.8 cm
This stunning map of the Lazio province in Italy depicts a bird's eye view of Rome with several Roman ruins visible, including the Colosseum. The countryside is dotted with towns, roads, mountains, rivers and forested areas. Fucinus Lacus (Fucine Lake), which was drained in 1875, is prominently depicted at right. At bottom left is an inset of Mount Cicero, the supposed dwelling of the mythical Circe, a goddess of magic who turned her enemies into animals. The map is adorned with a strapwork cartouche and a galley firing its cannons. Enhanced with gilt lettering. English text on verso, published in 1606.
References: Van den Broecke #209.
A dark impression on watermarked paper with some light stains and printer's ink residue.