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Auction 182, Lot 621

"Aeneae Troiani Navigatio ad Virgisij Sex Priores Aeneidos", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Eastern Mediterranean

Period: 1594 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 13.5 inches
48.8 x 34.3 cm
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This is the second state of this very handsome map, dated 1594, but published between 1601-12. It covers the eastern Mediterranean from Italy eastward into Phoenicia. The map depicts the adventures of Aenaeas' fleet of twenty ships as he roamed the seas for seven years following the destruction of Rome (as most extensively described in the writings of Virgilius). In the end, only seven ships survived, as shown on the lower right portion of the map. The map is adorned with three decorative strapwork cartouches. Blank verso.

References: Van den Broecke #223.

Condition: A

A sharp impression on a bright sheet with a small coat of arms watermark and a bit of soiling and creasing confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $950 - $1,200

Sold for: $550

Closed on 4/28/2021