Leen Helmink Antique Maps

Italy by Ortelius

Cartographer

Ortelius

Title

Italiae Novissima Descriptio

Published

Antwerp, 1570

Size

36.0 x 51.6 cms

Technique

Copper engraving

Stock number

18610

Condition

excellent

Price

$ 1000

Description

Most sought-after and spectacular cornerstone map of Italy. The map is famous for the depiction of Neptune seducing a sea nymph, and is decorated with many sea monsters, sailing vessels and galleys.

"Among the many maps by the famous Italian geographer Jacopo Gastaldi which Ortelius copied was this map of Italy which appeared at Venice in 1543. The details are very good (e.g. the Dalmatian coast) but the geographical positioning is poor: the East-West dimension is two degrees too large. This mistake
dates from the time of Ptolemy."

(Koeman).