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Auction 94, Lot 283

"Gallia Vetus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: France

Period: 1590 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.2 x 14.1 inches
46.2 x 35.8 cm
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Ortelius based this map of ancient France on information from Caesar's "De Bello Gallico". It is engraved to show the mountains, rivers and forests with only a few ancient placenames. A the sides are listed the names of famous people and tribes of Gallia, as described by Caesar. It is a handsome map with tiny ships sailing in the seas and three strapwork cartouches containing the title, scale and dedication, all surrounded in an elaborately engraved border. From the first of two plates with Latin text on verso, indicating a published date of 1592.

References: Van den Broecke #194.

Condition: A

Toned, with minor damp stain in margins.

Estimate: $400 - $450

Sold for: $425

Closed on 3/7/2001