"Acores Insulae", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1584 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
18.3 x 12.9 inches
46.5 x 32.8 cm
A beautifully engraved chart of the Azores based on Luis Teixeira's cartographic work with three ornate strapwork cartouches and a title banner at top center. The sea is fully engraved in stipple and features a sea monster and sailing ships. Spanish text on verso, published in 1588.
References: Van den Broecke #24.
A nice impression on a sheet with the crossed arrows watermark commonly found on Ortelius maps. There is a tiny abrasion along the lower centerfold and some minor toning and soiling mostly in the blank margins. An archivally repaired centerfold separation is confined to the bottom blank margin.