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Auction 179, Lot 709

"Persici sive Sophorum Regni Typus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Persia - Iran

Period: 1574 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 13.8 inches
49.8 x 35.1 cm
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Ortelius based this fine map of the Persian Empire in part on Gastaldi's 1564 map of Asia Minor and on his own 1567 map of Asia. The map is filled with village and city names. Decorative elements include a large strap work title cartouche and a distance scale surmounted by a strange bestiary creature. French text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #167.

Condition: A

A crisp impression with gilt highlights on a bright sheet with a bunch of grapes watermark, a few tiny mildew stains along the centerfold, an archivally repaired centerfold separation confined to the bottom blank margin, and several small holes in the top blank margin.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $350

Closed on 9/16/2020