Catalog Archive
Auction 89, Lot 182

"Picardiae Belgicae regionis descriptio",

Subject: France

Period: 1579 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20.2 x 13 inches
51.3 x 33 cm

Superb example of the decorative style of Ortelius and filled with detail of the countryside along the Somme River. Includes Abbeville, Amiens, Saint Quentin and La Fere (which was obviously a more important city in the sixteenth century than today). Two large and elaborate strapwork cartouches. Based on a map by Jean Surhon. This issue was published in a Latin edition from 1595. Tiny bit of soil on fold, still very fine.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $250

Closed on 12/8/1999