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Auction 176, Lot 394

First Printed Map of Wales

"Cambriae Typus Auctore Humfredo Lhuydo Denbigiense Cambrobritano", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Wales

Period: 1581 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 14.6 inches
49.8 x 37.1 cm
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This charming map of Wales is based on the map of Humphrey Lhuyd from 1568 as well as Mercator's 8-sheet wall map of the British Isles circa 1564. It is filled with details of mountain ranges, forests, and cities and also shows the coast of Ireland with Dublin located. It is beautifully embellished with decorative title and scale of miles cartouches, a large ship, and two sea monsters. French text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #21.

Condition: A

A nice impression with a faint extraneous crease, a tiny worm hole at top, and minor show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $400

Closed on 2/12/2020