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Siciliae Veteris Typus

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Ortelius, Abraham; Wierix, Jan
Place made: Belgium, Flanders, Antwerp
Date made: 1587
Materials: ink; paper
Measurements: 17 1/2 in x 22 1/2 in
Nomenclature: maps
Classification: cartography

Map of Sicily from the French 1587 edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theater of the World) by Abraham Ortelius published in Antwerp with a 250 copy print run. The inset at the top left corner depicts the region of Syracuse. Underneath the inset is a strapwork cartouche containing the text listing the places in Syracuse that are unknown: "Acrillæ, Echetla and Magella." At the bottom left corner is a list of places in Ancient Sicily that were formerly unknown or uncertain. Relief is depicted pictorially. Sea monsters and various sailing vessels decorate the seas. French text on verso begins the chapter "Sicile" (104r). Last line, indented left transcription: "vers l'Orient, s'appelle aussi la mer Ausonienne: & dit qu'elle est fort profonde."


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