WESTERN GERMANY

 

$450

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

[Two maps on one sheet] Hennebergenis Ditionis... [and] Hassiae Descriptio... From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

CONDITION:

Very fine original color, 13-1/2” x 18-5/8” (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:

Hennenbergensis. Henneberg is now divided between the modern German States of Bavaria and Thuringia.

Hassiae. The State of Hesse lies in western Germany, north of the River Main. Frankfurt is shown at the lower edge of the map. This version replaces a sheet published in 1579 with the plate for Hesse paired with the map of Holstein. The present map was based on a manuscript map by Johannes Dryander.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke 95 a-b

Inventory No. 8295

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