"Flandria - Descriptio Germaniae Inferioris - Abraham Ortelius Cartographer"Original map engraved on in 1581.
Beautiful impression. Fine hand coloring.
Explanation of the map in French at the back.
Sheet format: 61.5 x 43.5 cm.
Copper format: 51 x 38 cm.
a freckle in the center of the bottom margin, not touch the map..
Very good state.
Original antique map of 1581.
Superb map illustrated with large engraved borders indicating the 4 cardinal points, the title is supported by 2 cherubs. Rare second edition in French with an explanatory text on the back.
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Abraham Ortel, better known as Ortelius, was born in Antwerp and, after studying Greek, Latin and mathematics, settled there with his sister as a bookseller and «card painter».
Traveling a lot, especially at major book fairs, his business flourished and he made contact with scholars in many countries.
A turning point in his career was reached in 1564 with the publication of a map of the world in eight sheets of which only one copy is known: other individual cards will follow, then, at the suggestion of a friend, he gathers a collection of He engraved the cards in a uniform size, forming a set of cards that was first published in 1570 as the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Atlas of the World).
Although Lafreri and other Italian cartographers have published collections of «modern» cards in book form in previous years, the Theatrum was the first systematic collection of uniformly sized cards and can therefore be called the first atlas, although this term was used twenty years later by Mercator.
The Theatrum, with most of his cards elegantly engraved by Frans Hogenberg, is an immediate success and appears in many editions in different languages, including addenda published from time to time incorporating the latest knowledge and contemporary discoveries.
The last edition of cards appeared in 1612.Unlike many of his contemporaries, Ortelius noted his sources of information. In the first edition, eighty-seven cartographers were thanked.In addition to the modern maps of his main atlas, Ortelius himself compiled a series of historical maps known as Parergon Theatri, which appeared from 1579, sometimes as a separate publication and sometimes incorporated into the Theatrum.