"Schlavoniae, Croatiae, Carniae, Istriae, Bosniae, Finitimarumque Regionum Nova Descriptio, Auctore Augustino Hirsuogelio", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Western Balkans
Period: 1581 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
18.2 x 13.3 inches
46.2 x 33.8 cm
This is one of the earliest modern maps of the Balkans, covering present-day Slovenia and part of Croatia. It is based on the cartography of Augustus Hirschvogel who drew on the work of Lazarus, Ziegler, and Apian. There is good detail throughout, with villages, cities, rivers, and forests. An unusual compass rose, banner title across bottom, and a finely rendered galley ship in the Adriatic Sea make this an interesting composition. French text on verso.
References: Van den Broecke #145.
A dark impression with light printer's ink residue, minor show-through of text on verso, one tiny hole in the image at top center, and marginal soiling.