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Auction 184, Lot 43

Rare English Edition

"Aevi Veteris, Typus Geographicus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1590 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
17.4 x 12.3 inches
44.2 x 31.2 cm
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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. From the rare English edition, published only in 1606.

See also lot 830 for Rodney Shirley's excellent reference work, The Mapping of the World, and lot lot 832 for two excellent reference books on Ortelius by Marcel van den Broecke.

References: Shirley #176; Van den Broecke #186.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on watermarked paper with a small fold separation confined to the bottom blank margin that has been closed on verso with old paper.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $600

Closed on 9/15/2021

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