Ancient Italy – Italiae Veteris Specimen
Date of first edition: 1601
Date of this map: 1603-1612
Dimensions (not including margins): 34,5 x 47,5 cm
Condition: excellent. Sharp copper engraving printed on strong paper. Centre fold is as published. Old coloured. Wide margins.
Condition rating: A+
Map reference: Van der Krogt 7000H:31B. Van den Broecke 205
From: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
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.
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