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ORTELIUS, A. - Pi Cardiae Belgicae Regio Nis Descriptio

ORTELIUS, A. - Pi Cardiae Belgicae Regio Nis Descriptio
Pi Cardiae Belgicae Regio Nis Descriptio - ORTELIUS, A.
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Title : Pi Cardiae Belgicae Regio Nis Descriptio.
Map maker : ORTELIUS, A..
Date : Antwerp, 1641.
Size : 12.8 x 16.1 inches. / 32.5 x 41.0 cm.
Colouring : Coloured

Description :A highly detailed copper engraved map of the Picardie region in Northwest France by Abraham Ortelius. This map is finely engraved with forests, cities, villages along the Somme River and features the Picardie Region from the sea in the west to Abbeville, San Quentin and Amiens in the east. It has fancy strap-work title and scale cartouches, and is surrounded by a diamond interlocking border.
Abraham Ortelius (1527 - 1598) was one of the most important figures in the early history of cartography and is with the compilation of the seminal 1570 atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, generally considered to be the world's first modern atlas. Ortelius was born in Antwerp and began his cartographic career in 1547 as a typesetter for the Antwerp Guild of St. Luke. In this role, Ortelius traveled extensively through Europe where he came into contact with Mercator, under whose influence, he marketed himself as a "scientific geographer". Ortelius met the equally famous cartographer, Mercator in 1554 and worked with him from time to time on various cartographic endevours.
In this course of his long career he published numerous important maps as well as issued several updated editions of his cardinal work, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (including 53 maps). Late in his career Ortelius was appointed Royal Cartographer to King Phillip II of Spain. On his death in 1598, Ortelius' body was buried in St Michael's Prĉmonstratensian Abbey , Antwerp, where his tombstone reads, Quietis cultor sine lite, uxore, prole.
Condition : Strong impression on hand-made wire-marked paper. Tear along centerfold professionally repaired. Map has been backed by Japan paper as ome areas were thinning.


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