Auction 96, Lot 303

"Anjou. Andegavensium Ditionis Vera et Integra Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: France

Period: 1579 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.7 x 14 inches
47.5 x 35.6 cm

Striking map of the Loire River valley with Angers at its heart. Fully engraved to graphically depict the river system with mountains and forests and hundreds of tiny villages. Large strapwork title cartouche and a scale of miles with a mythical creature and another small cartouche containing the date. Ortelius based the map on a now lost map by Lezin Guyet that was published in Paris, 1573. State 2 with Spanish text and page #27 on verso indicating it is from a 1612 edition.

References: Van den Broecke #40.

Condition: B

Toned, lighter along centerfold, with slight offsetting. Very nice old color. Small marginal fold separation.

Estimate: $240 - $275

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/12/2001