"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
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.
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.