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

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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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