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Auction 174, Lot 518

"Silesiae Typus Descriptus et Editus a Martino Heilwig Neisense, et Nobili Viro Nicolao Rhedinger Dedicatus Anno. 1561", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Southern Poland

Period: 1581 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

15.3 x 11.1 inches
38.9 x 28.2 cm
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A nice example of Ortelius' first map of Silesia. It is based on a map by the Silesien cartographer Martin Helweg in 1561, and is beautifully engraved with large forests, mountain ranges, and a strapwork title cartouche and coat of arms. Wroclaw (Breslaw) is located near the center of the map and Krakow is at bottom right. French text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #102.

Condition: A

A dark impression on a bright sheet with a hint of toning along the centerfold, a few old manuscript notations just outside of the map, a tiny centerfold separation at top, and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/11/2019