"Westphaliae Totius, Finitimarumque Regionum Accurata Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Northwestern Germany
Period: 1579 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
19.6 x 13.6 inches
49.8 x 34.5 cm
This is a very handsome depiction of the North Rhein-Westphalia region centered roughly on Osnabruck. The cartography is based on a manuscript map by Christian Sgroten made at the request of Philip II of Spain in 1565. The map is adorned with three superb strapwork cartouches. This is the first state with Latin text on verso, published in 1595.
References: Van den Broecke #91.
On a sheet with a crossed arrows watermark commonly found on Ortelius maps. There is light color offsetting primarily at bottom.