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Auction 196, Lot 44

First Edition

"Aevi Veteris, Typus Geographicus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1590 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

17.6 x 12.4 inches
44.7 x 31.5 cm
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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. This is the first edition with Latin text on verso and no page number.

References: Shirley #176; Van den Broecke #186.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on watermarked paper with some light printer's ink residue. There is a small paper repair in the bottom right blank margin.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $900

Closed on 2/7/2024