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Auction 178, Lot 552

"Spectandum Dedit Ortelius Mortalib. Orbem, Orbi Spectandum Galleus Ortelium", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Frontispiece, Portrait

Period: 1579 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
8.2 x 12.6 inches
20.8 x 32 cm

This famous portrait of Ortelius, at the age of about 50, was engraved by Philippe Galle and appeared in the Theatrum from 1579 onwards. Few other portraits of the great cartographer have survived. The Latin title translation is, "By looking, Ortelius gave to mortal beings the world, by looking at his face, Galleus gave them Ortelius." The portrait is surrounded in a strapwork and garland frame. Latin text on verso.

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Condition: A

Minor damp stain in top margin, else very crisp and clean.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Unsold

Closed on 6/10/2020

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