Siciliae Veteris Typus ...

Abraham Ortelius (*1527 - 1598)
Coloured map of Sicily (Sicilia). Printed in Antwerp by Balthasar Moretus in 1624.

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One of the most beautiful maps of Sicily ever printed.

A striking example of Ortelius' map of Sicily. Showing the Mediterranean island of Sicily (Sicilia) with three cartouches and rich decoration. With numerous sailing ships and sea monsters. Lower left a cartouche with places of ancient Sicily, upper left an inset map of Syracuse. At the top centre the beautiful title cartouche. Cartographically the map is based on Gastaldi's 1545 map of Sicily and was first published in 1584. The present example comes from the Latin edition of the Parergon of 1624. Latin text on the verso.


CartographerAbraham Ortelius
TitleSiciliae Veteris Typus ...
Publisher, YearBalthasar Moretus, Antwerp, 1584 [1624]
Plate Size37.3 x 48.6 cm (14.7 x 19.1 inches)
Sheet Size48.3 x 55.5 cm (19.0 x 21.9 inches)
ReferenceVan den Broecke, M.: Ortelius Atlas Maps, No. 211; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 7510H:31


Excellent strong impression. Very good condition with beautiful colouring.


Abraham Ortelius was born 1527 in Antwerp. He studied mathematics, Greek and Latin and travelled a lot across Europe. He established a business in dealing with books and drawing maps. His first remarkable map was a 8 sheet world map in the year 1564, but only three copies have survived. In 1570 he issued the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern Atlas with uniformly sized maps in a systematic collection. The term Atlas was not used until Mercator introduced it 20 years later. Most of the maps in Theatrum have been engraved by Frans Hogenberg. At the time of publication, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed. Nevertheless it was a big success and around 7000 copies have been printed until 1612 in many editions and six different languages. Beside the Theatrum, Ortelius compiled a series of historical maps and published it in the Parergon Theatri which was bound with the Theatrum from 1579 onwards or published separately.

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Abraham Ortelius: Siciliae Veteris Typus ....
Coloured map of Sicily (Sicilia). Printed in Antwerp by Balthasar Moretus in 1624.

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