Antwerp: Abraham Ortelius, 1579. unbound. Map. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 13 5/16" x 19" very good(+).
Beautifully detailed three part map showing Lake Como, Rome and its surroundings and Friuli. While the maps of Rome and Friuli are straightforward, the map of Lake Como is depicted on an unraveled scroll. Ships and sea monsters dot the lake and pastoral vignettes are seen behind the scroll. Among the buildings depicted in Rome one can make out the Colliseum, the Pantheon and the Basilica. Latin text on verso. From "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum". Minor aging in margins, slight stain to left and center, small tear to top center edge. Ink marking in top margin. Full original margins.