"Aevi Veteris, Typus Geographicus", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Ancient World
Period: 1590 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
17.4 x 12.3 inches
44.2 x 31.2 cm
This interesting map presents the regions of the earth that were known in classic times within a large oval projection showing the relative size of the now-known world. The map extends into Asia as far east as Sumatra and south to Madagascar and the Mountains of the Moon in Africa. The climate zones are shown as Zona frigida, temperata, and torrida, with the Zona frigida noted as being uninhabitable. An ornate border surrounds the map and incorporates four small insets: Europe, Asia, Africa and America representing the "modern" world. Latin text on verso, published in 1603.
References: Shirley #176; Van den Broecke #186.
Full contemporary color on a toned sheet with the horn coat of arms watermark commonly found on Ortelius maps. There are a few tiny holes along the centerfold, an extraneous crease adjacent to the centerfold at top, and an archivally repaired tear in the bottom blank margin.