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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

[Two maps on one sheet] Bravnsvicensis et Lvnebvrgen... [and] Norimberg... From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

CONDITION:

Very fine original color, 12” x 18-1/2” (sheet size). Fine condition.

DATE:

[1590]-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:

Braunsvicensis et Luneburgen. The territories of Braunschweig (Brunswick) and Lunenberg. At the time the Hanseatic city of Braunschweig was one of the largest in Germany. These territories are now a part of the German State of Lower Saxony.

Norimberg. A close-up look at the region around the city of Nurmeberg, now a part of Bavaria. At this time, Nuremberg was one of the great artistic and cultural centers of Europe. Reduced from Jorg Nottelein’s four-sheet map of the area.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke 99 a-b

Inventory No. 8298

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