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Auction 183, Lot 361

"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.

Condition: B+

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.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $80

Closed on 6/9/2021