AN EARLY DECORATIVE MAP OF NORTHERN BAVARIA

 

$600

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

Palatinatus Bavariae Descriptio... [and] Argentoratensis Agri Descriptio. From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp

CONDITION:

Two maps on one sheet. Total measurement of 11-7/8” x 19-1/4”. Latin text on verso. Very fine original color, fine condition.

DATE:

[1584-1595]

DESCRIPTION:

[At left:] Palatinus Bavariae Descriptio, is a handsome map of northern Bavaria, including the cities of Regensburg, Nuremburg, Bayreuth (“Baierreut”) and Bamberg. It is based on Erhart Reych’s 1540 woodcut map on four sheets.

[At right:]
Argentoratensis Agri Descriptio. This map of the environs of Strasbourg is based on Daniel Specklin’s 1576 three sheet 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 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.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke, 111.

Inventory No. 8301

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