Auction 96, Lot 356

"Regni Neapolitani Verissima Secundum Antiquorum et Recentiorum Traditionem Descriptio, Pyrrho Ligorio Auct.", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Italy

Period: 1570 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

19.5 x 14.1 inches
49.5 x 35.8 cm

A beautiful map of southern Italy with north oriented to the left as identified by the handsome compass rose. The map is filled with detail and based on the work of Pirro Ligorio who was best known as an architect and was involved in the building of St. Peter's in Rome. The title is contained in a flowing banner and a sailing ship further adorns the map. This is from the first edition of this famous atlas with page number 37 and last line: "Peninsulam (quam hodie Puliam vocant) descripsit."

References: Van den Broecke #139.

Condition: B

Old repair on bottom centerfold. Some staining along centerfold and manuscript "pars" written in light brown ink directly opposite the engraved word just above the title.

Estimate: $450 - $500


Closed on 9/12/2001