Auction 93, Lot 343

"Aegyptus Antiqua", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Egypt

Period: 1595 (dated)

Publication: Parergon

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.

Condition: A

Old repair on centerfold, with a tiny separation included in the repair. Overall very good, with beautiful color.

Estimate: $500 - $550

Sold for: $425

Closed on 12/6/2000