EASTERN GERMANY

 

$400

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

[Two maps on one sheet] Tvringiae Noviss. Descript... [and] Misniae et Lvsatiae Tabvla. From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

CONDITION:

Very fine original color, 11-3/8” x 18” (sheet size). Fine condition.

DATE:

[1573]-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:

Turingiae. This map is devoted to the northern part of the modern German state of Thuringia, centered on the cities of Erfurt, Gotha and Weimar.

Misniae. A map of part of the modern German State of Lower Saxony, with the cities of Leipzig, Meissen and Dresden.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke 96 a-b

Inventory No. 8296

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