"Aevi Veteris, Typus Geographicus", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Ancient World
Period: 1590 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
17.4 x 12.3 inches
44.2 x 31.2 cm
This interesting map presents the regions of the earth that were known in classic times within a large oval projection showing the relative size of the now-known world. The map extends into Asia as far east as Sumatra and south to Madagascar and the Mountains of the Moon in Africa. The climate zones are shown as Zona frigida, temperata, and torrida, with the Zona frigida noted as being uninhabitable. An ornate border surrounds the map and incorporates four small insets: Europe, Asia, Africa and America representing the "modern" world. Latin text on verso, published in 1595.
References: Shirley #176; Van den Broecke #186.
A dark impression with old color on a sheet with the crossed arrows watermark commonly found on Ortelius maps. There is some printer's ink residue and minor toning along the centerfold.