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Auction 92, Lot 1

"Spectandum dedit Ortelius mortalib. orbem, Orbi spectandum Galleus Ortelium", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Portrait

Period: 1579 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 12.5 inches
21.6 x 31.8 cm

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.


Condition: A+

A few very tiny worm holes have been professionally filled. Later, very attractive color.

Estimate: $550 - $600

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/13/2000