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Abraham Ortelius (1522 - 1598)

Lot 35456: Ortelius - Map of the World published 1571 - Typus orbis terrarum

Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books

October 16, 2021
Franklin, TN, US

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Description

This exceptional early map is from Abraham Ortelius's Theatre de L'Univers contenant les cartes de tout le monde... This is the first French edition of his celebrated atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum which was first published in Latin in 1570. The work was published by Christofle Plantin for Ortelius between 1581 and 1582 in Anvers (Antwerp), Belgium. The beautiful maps feature Renaissance-style cartouches and decorative work including vessels, sea and myhtological monsters, birds, medallions, et al.

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum was considered the "first true atlas" ever published. (van der Broecke) "The publication of this atlas [Theatrum, 1570] marked an epoch in the history of cartography. It was the first uniformly sized, systematic collection of maps of the countries of the world based only on contemporary knowledge and in that sense may be called the first modern atlas." (Tooley)

This map is considered to be vital to any major map collection. Ortelius's seminal map was the first to appear in a standard atlas. His map was influenced by the work of Mercator, Gastaldi, and Gutierrez.

Geographically, North America is show mostly based on conjecture. There is no Mississippi River or Great Lakes. The mythical kingdoms of Anian, Quivira, and Tolm are shown in the Pacific Northwest. South America's southern tip leads to the fabricated Terra Australis. There is a conjectured border that resembles the west coast of Australia which predates it's discovery in 1606. Asia shows Japan (incorrectly but identified) and is absent of Korea. Africa features the Nile and Niger rivers, but the Nile is not properly charted.

There are a few decorative flourishes to the map as well. The oceans feature a ship and a few sea monsters. There is a scroll below the map the troughly translates to: "Who can consider human affairs to be great, when he comprehends the eternity and vastness of the entire world?"

Franz Hogenberg (1535-1590) was a Flemish engraver. He was the son of and trained by Nicolas Hogenberg. He worked with Abraham Ortelius, Hieronymus Cock, Christopher Saxon. He was banished from the Netherlands in 1568 and went to London before settling in Germany.

Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) was born in Antwerp, Belgium but traveled throughout Europe where he eventually met Mercator. Ortelius became one of the most important cartographers in history. His largest accomplishment was certainly his atlas entitled Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. He was also appointed Royal Cartographer to King Philip II of Spain.

Dimensions

~ 22 1/2" by 17"

Artist or Maker

Abraham Ortelius

Medium

Engraving with Recent Professional Hand-coloring

Date

1581-1582

Condition Report

The work is in very good to excellent condition overall. There may be a few minor imperfections to be expected with age. Please review the image carefully for condition and contact us with any questions.

Literature

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

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