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Auction 188, Lot 588

"Alexandri Magni Macedonis Expeditio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Middle East & Central Asia

Period: 1595 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

18.3 x 14.1 inches
46.5 x 35.8 cm
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Very decorative map showing the conquests of Alexander the Great in the Middle East and Persia, extending to the Indus. The large inset of Iovis Ammonis Oraculum shows the oracle of Jupiter Amman, supposedly situated in present-day Libya, where Alexander went to ask what would be the result of his expedition. Embellished with fancy cartouches, ships, and a spouting sea monster and beautifully engraved with full stippled seas. Latin text on verso, published in 1595, the first year in which this map appeared in the Theatrum.

References: Van den Broecke #222.

Condition: B+

Superb, early impression on a bright sheet with the crossed arrows watermark commonly found on Ortelius maps. There are two faint stains in the image, marginal foxing, and a short centerfold separation in the bottom margin.

Estimate: $750 - $900


Closed on 6/22/2022