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Auction 183, Lot 395

"Regni Bohemiae Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Czech Republic

Period: 1581 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.9 x 13.2 inches
50.5 x 33.5 cm
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Based on the cartography of Johann Criginger (1521-1571), this fine map places Prague just north of center. It is boldly engraved in Ortelius' style; mountains and forests and hundreds of tiny villages are shown. Two sumptuous strapwork cartouches decorate the bottom. French text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #101.

Condition: A

A nice impression with an extraneous crease adjacent to the centerfold, a tiny worm hole at top, and marginal soiling. There are a couple of old manuscript ink notations just outside the map image.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 6/9/2021