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Auction 174, Lot 536

"Hungariae Descriptio, Wolfgango Lazio Auct.", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Hungary

Period: 1595 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 13.9 inches
49.8 x 35.3 cm
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This handsome map covers Hungary, eastern Transylvania, and Bulgaria. Ortelius based this map on Wolfgang Lazius' 1556 five-sheet wall map. It is densely engraved with rivers, lakes, mountains, and hundreds of place names, each represented by a tiny castle. Tiny animals fill the blank spaces. The title spans the top of the map in a strapwork cartouche. At bottom right is a large decorative cartouche containing the rules for Hungarian consonant pronunciation of the place names. This is the fourth state, with Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #150.4.

Condition: B+

There are a few areas of light color offsetting.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/11/2019