Auction 96, Lot 376

"Portugalliae que olim Lusitania, Novissima & Exactissima Descriptio Auctore Vernando Alvaro Secco", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Portugal

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.

Condition: B

A tiny bit of foxing, which is offset by the gorgeous old color.

Estimate: $500 - $550

Sold for: $650

Closed on 9/12/2001