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Publisher: ORTELIUS, A.
Title: Set of world & four continents in stunning original colours.
Published in: Antwerp, 1595
Size: 14.0 x 19.2 inches.
35.5 x 48.7 cm.

In attractive strong original colours.
Condition: A matching set in very attractive original colouring. Paper slightly age toned, repair of split upper part center fold of World map, ca. 10cm. into engraved area, hardly notable.
Marginal tumbling.

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An attractive set of these decorative and important maps published at Antwerp in Ortelius' Theatrum. The Theatrum was the first large modern atlas and was extremely influential. The world and four continent maps offered here summarize in a decorative but powerful way the level of geographical knowledge at the end of the sixteenth century and the mastery of the art which expressed it on paper. These five maps are the most sought after combination of maps in the Theatrum.
The maps are in a strictly contemporary colouring and of the highest level. More about "colouring of antique maps [+]

Ortelius' third world map, here an Latin edition from 1595. Oval shaped map with medallions in the four corners citing Cicero and Seneca. Updated with the more correct shape of South America and the first depiction of the Solomon Islands off the coast of a strangely shaped New Guinea. North America with a lengthy St. Lawrence River, and the lands of Anian Regnum and Quivira noted.
The Atlantic Ocean is filled with phantom islands, including Frieslant, St. Brandain, Brasil and several others.
A huge Terra Australis Nondum Cognita incorporates Tierra del Fuego, and the mythical lands of Beach, Maletur and Lucach. Japan and South East Asia with strange shapes.
Richly decorated with flying fish, sea monsters, sailing ships, and old hand colouring. A beautiful and highly influential map!

In 1587, a new plate was engraved which appeared in editions from 1588 onwards. Of the three maps, this one is perhaps the most important. It is the most geographically advanced one, with the bulge in Chile removed, the Salomon Islands inserted and additional names, including C.Mendocino, added to the north west coast. Furthermore, this is the only one of the three plates which is signed by Ortelius as responsible for the preparation of the map. Ref. : Broecke, Ortelius 11.: Burden 64.

Ortelius' important map of Asia based on his wall map of 1567, which was based on the work of Gastaldi.
The cordiform projection shows Asia extended too far to the east, an error started with Ptolemy. Shape of Japan taken from Jesuit sources. Luzon is absent from the Philippines and the mythical lake Cayamay lacus is located in southern China. Great number of islands in the East Indies, but they are not well placed, due to the secrecy of voyages to the region. A portion of New Guinea and the Terrae Incognitae Australis pars is located at the right corner. Printed from the second plate, without privilege in lower left corner and small alterations. Ref. Van den Broecke, Ort. 7.

Important early map of Africa. Somewhat distorted land masses: vignette of Europe being carried off by the bull (Zeus). The second plate with title AFRICAE PARS now in Italic lettering.
The map of Europe is based upon several important maps of Europe, including Gerard Mercator's 1554 map of Europe. Scandinavia is drawn from Olaus Magnus' 1539 Scandinavia map. Russia is based on Jenkinson's 1562 Russia map. Ortelius himself mentions in his "Catalogus Auctorum" the maps of Apianus, Cornelius Antonii of Frankfurt, Ioannes Bucius Aenicola of Paris, Jacob Homem Lusitanus printed in Venice, Ioannes Dominicus Methoneus of Venice, Nicolaus Nicolay printed in Antwerp by Ioannes Stelsium, Vopelius, Waldseemüller, and Christoph Zell of Nurnberg.

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