Rare English Edition
"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. 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.
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.