"Italiae Novissima Descriptio Auctore Iacobo Castaldo Pedemontano", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1572 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
19.8 x 13.8 inches
50.3 x 35.1 cm
Superb map of Italy based on the cartography of Giacomo Gastaldi. It extends to include Corsica, with parts of Sardinia and Sicily, and shows the western coast of the Balkans to Corfu. The map is filled with detail of the topography and cities and features a vignette of Neptune and a mermaid companion, sea monsters, a variety of ships and decorative cartouches. This is from the first plate of this map with the word "Servia" appearing in the upper right corner, which was replaced beginning in 1584. French text on verso.
References: Van den Broecke #117.
A crisp impression with gilt highlights on a bright sheet with a bunch of grapes watermark. There is light soiling and a long separation along the centerfold that has been professionally repaired.