Auction 95, Lot 224

"Prussiae Vera Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Northeastern Europe

Period: 1601--09 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.2 x 14.2 inches
46.2 x 36.1 cm

Superb map of the Prussian Empire, which is present day Poland, Lithuania and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad (here Konigsperg). Ortelius based the map on the work of Caspar Henneberger (1576), and this is the second version with the more elaborate title cartouche and two ships sailing in the stipple engraved sea. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #157.

Condition: A

Sharp impression and lovely color. Light toning along centerfold, but overall very good.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $650

Closed on 6/13/2001