"Frisia Occidentalis", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Northern Netherlands
Period: 1579 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
19.4 x 14.3 inches
49.3 x 36.3 cm
This map of west Frisia is based on the manuscript map by Sibrandus Leo. It features excellent detail of the region's network of waterways. A strapwork cartouche featuring a satyr, a peacock, and fruit holds an inset of ancient Friesland from Augustus' time. The title appears in a banner cartouche at top. This is the first state. Latin text on verso, published in 1584.
References: Van den Broecke #81.1.
Full contemporary color on a watermarked sheet with light toning and a number of chips along the edges of the sheet, well away from the image.