Very nice old-fashioned colored copy of the Ortelius/Mercator map of Flanders, published in the 1573 Latin edition of ´Orbis Terrarum..´. Only 75 copies of these were printed! According to some, this map was personally drawn and engraved by Gerard Mercator.
Decorated with several sailing ships, animals, a lady with the coat of arms of Flanders as a shield and a beautiful decorative border.
Good condition, some minimal, browning in the centrefold, otherwise excellent. Strong paper, sharp print and very nice old-fashioned colour.
Image 38.5x50cm, sheet 43.5x54cm
Ref: H.A.M. van der Heijden "Ortelius and the Netherlands", p. 271-290 in: M. van den Broecke, P. van der Krogt and P. Meurer (eds.) "Abraham Ortelius and the First Atlas", HES Publishers, 1998.