NORTHERN GERMANY

 

$375

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

[Two maps on one sheet] Thietmarsiae, Holsaticae Regionis partis Typvs [and] Oldenbvrg Comit. From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

CONDITION:

Very fine original color, 13-3/8” x 18-3/4” (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:

Thietmarsiae. The region of Ditmar, on the north side of the Elbe River, in Holstein.

Oldenburg. A map of the County of Oldenberg, on the North sea, and centered on the city of the same name. This is a new plate, engraved in 1595 to replace an earlier one of Oldenberg published in 1584 on a sheet with a map of Denmark.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke 90 a-b

Inventory No. 8293

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