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Auction 88, Lot 4

"Spectaniun dedit Ortelius mortalif. Orben, Orbi spectandium Galleus Ortelium",

Subject: Portrait

Period: 1579 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 12.5 inches
21.6 x 31.8 cm
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This famous portrait, engraved by Galle, was included in Ortelius' atlases from 1579 onwards. The title translation is "By looking, Ortelius gave to mortal beings the world, by looking at his face, Galleus gave them Ortelius". The portrait is surrounded in a strapwork and garland frame. Original color - a tiny bit faded. Lightly toned with a repair in margin, else fine.


Condition: A

Estimate: $400 - $450

Sold for: $550

Closed on 10/2/1999