A MAP OF A PORTION OF SOUTHEASTERN GERMANY

 

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

Mansfeldiae Comitatvs Descriptio... From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp

CONDITION:

14 3/8 x 16 3/4”. Latin text on verso. Very fine original color. Fine condition.

DATE:

[1573-] 1595

DESCRIPTION:

The old County of Mansfeld lies in southeastern Germany. The map includes the area around the cities of Eisleben, Sangerhausen and Halle. Added to the Theatrum in 1573, it is based on Tilleman Stella’s 1561 map.

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 94

Inventory No. 8294

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