NORTHERN GERMANY

 

$350

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

[Two maps on one sheet] Holsatiae Descriptio... [and] Rvgiae vsedomiae... From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

CONDITION:

Very fine original color, 12” x 19” (sheet size). Fine condition.

DATE:

1595

DESCRIPTION:

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.

The maps are:

Holsatiae. A map of Schleswig-Holstein, in northern Germany, just below the Danish border. Based on a 1559 map by Marcus Jordanus, it replaced an earlier 1579 map in the atlas.

Rugiae. The island of Rugen on the Baltic sea, with the adjoining coast as far east as the city of Stettin. A number of islands shown on the map are now attached to the mainland. This plate was originally published in 1584 on one sheet with the plate of Thietmar.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke 87 a-b

Inventory No. 8292

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