Auction 97, Lot 328

"Picardiae, Belgicae regionis descriptio. Joanne Suhonio auctore", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: France

Period: 1579 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20.1 x 12.9 inches
51.1 x 32.8 cm

Fine example of Ortelius' bold style. The map covers the countryside along the Somme River including Abbeville, Amiens, Saint Quentin and La Fere (which was obviously a more important city in the sixteenth century than today). Two large and elaborate strapwork cartouches. Based on a map by Jean Surhon. This is the first state of the plate from the French edition of 1598.

References: Van den Broecke #46

Condition: A

Lower margin with some discoloration and a tiny separation of bottom fold. A few manuscript ink notations along Oyse river that do not distract. Overall very fine impression with superb old color.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $275

Closed on 12/5/2001