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Publisher: ORTELIUS,A.
Title: Typus Orbis Terrarum/Asiae/Europae/Americae/Africae
Published in: Antwerp 1579
   
Size: 13.4 x 19.5 inches.
34.0 x 49.5 cm.
Colouring:

Uncoloured.
Condition: All the 5 maps: Good, only a protecting piece of paper in the centrefold under, Africa: one wormhole and a few spots, Europa: in centrefold a 4cm tear, Asia: a few brown spots.
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Ortelius' beautiful oval world map is a simplified version of Mercator's influential map of 1569. From surviving correspondence it is known that Mercator encouraged Ortelius and provided him with information, particularly with co-ordinates of places in the Americas. The oval projection is surrounded by an intricate strapwork design and four corner medallions containing quotations from Cicero and Seneca.
One of the most famous maps of America, and one that had enormous influence of the future cartography of the New World. Engraved by Frans Hogenberg, it is primarily based on Gerard Mercator's great multi-sheet world map of 1569. The most recognizable features of the map are the bulbous Chilean coastline and the exaggerated breadth of the North American continent. The strategically placed title cartouche hides the unknown South Pacific and therefore most of the conjectural great southern continent. And the maps of Asia, Africa and Europe, all 5 maps are from the same atlas with Latin text on verso.

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Reference: Shirley 122 (world map) Van den Broecke (cont.)



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