"Portugalliae que olim Lusitania, Novissima & Exactissima Descriptio Auctore Vernando Alvaro Secco", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1570 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
20 x 13.2 inches
50.8 x 33.5 cm
This is one of the earliest and most beautiful maps of Portugal. It is oriented with north to the right and richly adorned with two large cartouches, sailing ships and a very devilish-looking sea monster. The map is based on Fernando Alvarez Secco's map of 1560. This is state 1 from the first edition.
References: Van den Broecke #27; Koeman/Meurer: 8; Van der Krogt 6300:31A.
A tiny bit of foxing, which is offset by the gorgeous old color.