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Auction 185, Lot 428

"Europam, sive Celticam Veterem...", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Europe

Period: 1595 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.6 x 13.9 inches
47.2 x 35.3 cm
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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.

Condition: B+

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.

Estimate: $650 - $800

Sold for: $700

Closed on 11/17/2021