"Schlavoniae, Croatiae, Carniae, Istriae, Bosniae, Finitimarumque Regionum Nova Descriptio, Auctore Augustino Hirsuogelio", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Western Balkans
Period: 1588 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
18.1 x 13.2 inches
46 x 33.5 cm
This is one of the earliest modern maps of the Balkans, covering present-day Slovenia and part of Croatia. It is based on the cartography of Augustus Hirschvogel who drew on the work of Lazarus, Ziegler, and Apian. There is good detail throughout, with villages, cities, rivers, and forests. An unusual compass rose, banner title across bottom, and a finely rendered galley ship in the Adriatic Sea make this an interesting composition. Second state, from a Spanish edition of the Theatrum published in 1588, as evidenced by the page number 81 on verso.
References: Van den Broecke #145.2.
A superb impression on a sheet with the crossed arrows watermark commonly found on Ortelius maps, and some minor repairs in the margin, not affecting the map.