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Auction 98, Lot 269

"Germaniae Veteris Nova Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Central Europe

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.7 x 14.8 inches
47.5 x 37.6 cm
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Fine map based on Ortelius' map of ancient Germany, which was in turn based on the classical writings of Ptolemy, Plinius, Strabo and others. The map is filled with forests and old place names. It was engraved by Petrus Kaerius and is richly decorated with two elaborate cartouches featuring cherubs and warriors, and the sea includes a fine compass rose, ship and sea monster, all beautifully colored.


Condition: A

Overall very fine with lovely original color, minor defects in margin.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $550

Closed on 3/6/2002