Ancient Italy – Italiae Veteris Specimen
by Abraham Ortelius
Date of first edition: 1601
Date of this map: 1624 (Parergon)
Dimensions (not including margins): 34,5 x 47,5 cm
Dimensions (including margins): 46,5 x 57,8 cm
Condition: excellent. Sharp copper engraving printed on strong paper. Centre fold is as published. Old coloured. Wide margins.
Condition rating: A+
Verso: text in Latin
Map reference: Van der Krogt 7000H:31B. Van den Broecke 205
From: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Van der Krogt 31:711, page xxiiij
Price (without VAT, possibly to be added): €1 000,00 (FYI +/- $1 070,00 / £890,00)
Unless otherwise specifically stated on this map page, we charge the following expedition costs in euro:
– Benelux: 25 euro
– Rest of Europe: 40 euro
– Rest of the World: 60 euro
Ancient Lazio (with Rome and Portus) – Latiumby Abraham OrteliusPrice (without VAT, possibly to be added): €800,00 / $856,00 / £712,00
Ancient France or Gaul – Galliae Veterisby Abraham OrteliusPrice (without VAT, possibly to be added): €450,00 / $481,50 / £400,50
Ancient British Isles – Britannicarum Insularum Typusby Abraham OrteliusPrice (without VAT, possibly to be added): €900,00 / $963,00 / £801,00
Ancient Italy by Ortelius
Ortelius based this map on Gastaldi’s map of Italy (Meurer p. 148-154, Karrow 30/90, p. 216-249), supplemented by classical sources such as Vergilius, Plinius, Aelianus, Aethicus, Strabo, Polybius and Varro.
The copper plate from which this map was printed is currently preserved a the Plantin-Moretus museum in Antwerp.
At the bottom Ortelius oncorporates two medallions of emperors Vespasianus and Antoninus Pius.