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ORTELIUS, A. - Persici sive Sophorum Regnum.

ORTELIUS, A. - Persici sive Sophorum Regnum.
Persici sive Sophorum Regnum. - ORTELIUS, A.
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Title : Persici sive Sophorum Regnum..
Map maker : ORTELIUS, A..
Date : London/ Antwerp, 1606.
Size : 17.9 x 22.8 inches. / 45.4 x 57.8 cm.
Colouring : Original hand colour.

Description :The map includes Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Caspian Sea and the north eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula including United Arab Emirates and Oman.
This map of the Persian Empire is significant not only for the superb quality of its engraving, coloring, and geographical information, but also because it originated in the only English edition of Orteliusís atlas ever printed. The English edition was published in 1606 by John Norton, the maps being printed in Antwerp and the text added in London.
Thus this a rare example of a map that was engraved in one country and had its text printed in another, and represents a rare opportunity for collectors to obtain an extremely important map of the Persian Empire.

One of the most important single moments in the history of cartography and geographical knowledge came about in 1570, when Abraham Ortelius began issuing the world's first regularly produced atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World). Combining maps of uniform size and style with comprehensive text, the innovative Theatrum was a watershed in the history of map publication, setting the standard for the shape and contents of future atlases for centuries. Unlike many modern atlases, it even credited the original cartographers, as Ortelius included a catalog naming all contributors, and often cited them on the maps themselves. The Theatrum became the best-selling atlas of the sixteenth century, overshadowing Gerard Mercator's Atlantis Pars Altera. It was translated into Dutch (1571), German (1572), French (1572), Spanish (1588), English (1606) and Italian (1608). Five supplements, the Additamenta, were produced from 1573-1597, enlarging the Theatrum from 53 to 119 maps, as well as providing improved plates.

Born in Antwerp, Ortelius was educated in the classics and mathematics. He began his career in cartography as an map illuminator, and opened a bookstore in partnership with his sister. In the course of his business, he traveled throughout Europe and established important contacts with cartographers and other literati. Between 1564 and 1570 he produced several of his own maps, including a large map of the world on eight sheets. It was not, however, until the publication of the Theatrum in 1570 that Ortelius's place in history was assured.
Although Antonio Lafreri and others in Italy had published collections of 'modern' maps in book form in earlier years, the Theatrum was the first uniformly sized, systematic collection of maps. With most of its maps elegantly engraved by Frans Hogenberg, superbly ornamented and vividly colored by hand, the atlas was an instant success, and the maps it included are still considered some of the most beautiful ever published.
Condition : Very good condition.

ID: 100002

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