ORTELIUS’S MAP OF ABRUZZO

 

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

Aprutii Ulterioris Descriptio. From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

CONDITION:

Latin text on verso. Very fine original color. 12-3/4” x 16-5/8”. Fine condition.

DATE:

Antwerp [1570-] 1595

DESCRIPTION:

The Italian region of Abruzzo lies on the Adriatic Sea, east of Rome. The map is based on the work of the great Pirro Ligorio, one of the architects for St. Peter’s in Rome. It was added to the atlas with the first edition of Ortelius’s Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1570, and continued without alteration until 1641.

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 on 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, 138.

Inventory No. 8288

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