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Auction 179, Lot 452

"Europae", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Europe

Period: 1572 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.2 x 13.3 inches
46.2 x 33.8 cm
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This handsome map was based on Gerard Mercator's 1554 map of Europe and incorporates Magnus' information on Scandinavia and Jenkinson's map for Russia. The map extends to include Iceland and part of Greenland, and there is a tiny bit of Labrador intruding into the map at upper left. It also extends into western Asia and Northern Africa based on Gastaldi's cartography. Finely engraved with a stippled sea and modestly adorned with a sailing ship, compass rose, and a tent encampment in Russia. The personification of Europa being abducted by Zeus in the form a bull graces the title cartouche. This is Ortelius' first map of Europe, which was replaced in 1584 with a new copper plate. French text on verso, published in either the 1572 or 1574 edition.

References: Van den Broecke #4.

Condition: B+

Gilt highlights on paper with a bunch of grapes watermark, light soiling, and a few minor extraneous creases. There are archival repairs to a couple of short tears along the centerfold and a tear that extends from the bottom of the sheet up to Corsica.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $600

Closed on 9/16/2020