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ORTELIUS, A. - Frisiae Orientalis Descriptio.
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Frisiae Orientalis Descriptio. - ORTELIUS, A.
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Title : Frisiae Orientalis Descriptio..
Map maker : ORTELIUS, A..
Date : Antwerp, 1587.
Size : 12.2 x 17.5 inches. / 31.0 x 44.5 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.
Description :Nice example of Ortelius' map of East Friesland, from the 1587 French edition of his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern atlas of the world.
This map includes a compass and three sailing vessels. A nice coloured example with wide margins.
Abraham Ortel, better known as Ortelius was born in Antwerp and after studying Greek, Latin and mathematics started his career as a colourist of maps. Later, together with his sister he became a seller of books, prints and maps. Travelling widely, especially to the great book fairs, his business prospered and he established contacts with the literati in many lands. On one such visit to England, possibly seeking temporary refuge from religious persecution, he met William Camden whom he is said to have encouraged in the production of the Britannia.
A turning-point in his career was reached in 1564 with the publication of a World Map in eight sheets of which only one copy is known: other individual maps followed and then - at the suggestion of a friend - he gathered together a collection of maps from contacts among European cartographers and had them engraved in uniform size and issued in 1570 as the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Atlas of the Whole World).
Although 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 and hence can be called the first atlas, although that term itself was not used until twenty years later by Mercator.
Abraham Ortelius became the Royal Cartographer to Philip II King of Spain. Philip sent him a golden necklace worth one thousand ducats. He died on the 28th of June 1598 at the age of 71. ¤
Van Den Broeck 82
Condition : In very good condition. Lightly age toned, the odd small tear etc to margins. Good margins, strong impression. French text on verso.
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