Superb, Decorative Map of Cyprus
"Cypri Insulae Nova Descript.", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1573 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
19.5 x 13.8 inches
49.5 x 35.1 cm
This bold map of Cyprus is based on Giacomo Franco's map circa 1570. It is embellished with three sailing ships, a sea monster and three elaborate strapwork cartouches, one of which encloses an inset map of the Greek island of Lemnos. The map of Lemnos was drawn directly by Ortelius from a written account by the French naturalist and traveler, Pierre Belon (1553). Engraved by Jan van Deutecum. This is the third state, with Latin text on verso, published in 1609 or 1612.
References: Van den Broecke #149.3; Stylianou, pp. 60-62.
On a sturdy sheet with the horn coat of arms watermark commonly found on Ortelius map, light soiling, and an archivally repaired tear in the top blank margin.