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Auction 190, Lot 478

"Hungariae Descriptio, Wolfgango Lazio Auct.", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Hungary

Period: 1581 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 14 inches
50.3 x 35.6 cm
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This handsome map covers Hungary, eastern Transylvania, and Bulgaria. Ortelius based this map on Wolfgang Lazius' 1556 five-sheet wall map. It is densely engraved with rivers, lakes, mountains, and hundreds of place names, each represented by a tiny castle. Tiny animals fill the blank spaces. The title spans the top of the map in a strapwork cartouche. At bottom right is a large decorative cartouche containing the rules for Hungarian consonant pronunciation of the place names. French text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #150.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on a bright sheet with a hint of toning along the centerfold and a few small chips along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $350

Closed on 11/16/2022