GREECE

 

$3,000

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

Graeciae Vniversale...

CONDITION:

14-1/4 x 20-1/8”. Original color. Excellent condition.

DATE:

[1570] 1595

DESCRIPTION:

A beautifully colored map of Greece from Ortleius’s Theatrum that is based on Jacobo Gastaldi’s landmark maps of 1560 and 1569. Greece was a part of the Ottoman Empire in the sixteenth century. It is shown with its medieval nomenclature: Thrace is “Romania;” the Peloponessus is “Morea,” and so forth.

The
Theatrum was among the most important of all Renaissance books. It was the first modern atlas – the first systematic collection of maps that included all parts of the world, with the maps in a uniform format.

Ortelius collected the best available maps of the various countries and had them re-engraved in a uniform size. It is the first printed book of any kind to footnote sources. The maps are some of the most beautiful ever published, with great cartouches and embellishments in the mannerist style.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke, 146.

Inventory No. 8274

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