"Europam, sive Celticam Veterem...", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1595 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
18.6 x 13.9 inches
47.2 x 35.3 cm
Beautiful map of ancient Europe that was based on classical sources such as Salustius, Plinius, Herodotus, Strabo, and Dionysius. The land is fully engraved with forests, mountains, and rivers, and there are numerous ancient place and region names. Richly embellished with three cartouches, ships, and a sea monster. Latin text on verso, published between 1609-12.
References: Van den Broecke #189.
A nice impression on a lightly toned sheet with a small horn watermark and foxing mostly confined to the blank margins. There is one small abrasion in the image along the northern coast of Turkey.