"Aegyptus Antiqua", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1595 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
20.5 x 14 inches
52.1 x 35.6 cm
This lovely map is based on Ortelius' previous two-sheet map of Ancient Egypt with the cartographic sources of Diodor, Herodotos, Strabo and Plinius. The map is oriented with north to the right and provides an excellent view of the Nile River valley. Inset of Alexandria and its surroundings. Decorated with a large strapwork title cartouche and ships sailing in the Red Sea. Latin text on verso with the page number xxxj, indicated it was published between 1601 and 1609.
References: Van den Broecke #221.
Old repair on centerfold, with a tiny separation included in the repair. Overall very good, with beautiful color.