Abraham Ortelius' map of ancient Gaul in original hand color, published by Willem Janszoon Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1635. The map is titled Gallia Vetus, Ad iul Caesaris Commentaria, ex conatibus geographicis Abrah Ortelii. Ortelius' depiction of ancient France is based on information from Caesar's De Bello Gallico, which begins with the frequently quoted phrase "Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres", meaning "Gaul is a whole divided into three parts, " inhabited by the Belgae, the Aquitani, and the Celts.
This map labels Gaul's three parts, as well as the Roman province on the north shore of the Mediterranean, and shows mountains, rivers and forests, with only a few ancient place names, including Parisi (Paris). The names of famous people and tribes of Gallia, as described by Caesar, are listed at the sides, and there's a portrait of Caesar at the upper left. The image area measures 38.7 x 50 cm [15¼" x 19¾"] on a larger sheet, with vertical center fold, as issued. There is Latin text on the reverse side, with exetnsive commentary on the Druids.
This map is in very good condition, with a tiny scratch in the cartouche and a thin spot in the upper margin, outside of the image area. Please see the scans, which include front and back views of the entire sheet, and feel free to ask any questions. This is an original , authentic antique map, not a reproduction or modern reprint, and it is fully guaranteed to be genuine. Powered by SixBit's eCommerce Solution. The item "ORTELIUS Map GALLIA VETUS Julius Caesar Ancient Gaul France 1635 Willem Blaeu" is in sale since Friday, March 16, 2018.This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Europe Maps". The seller is "new_world_maps" and is located in Lake Worth, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.