SWITZERLAND AND GERMANY

 

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

Basiliensis Territorii Descriptio Nova... [and] Sueviae... From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp

CONDITION:

Two maps on one sheet, with a total measurement of 13-1/8” x 18-3/4”. Latin text on verso. Very fine original color, fine condition.

DATE:

[1573-] 1595

DESCRIPTION:

[At Left:] Basiliensis Territorii Description Nova. A map of north central Switzerland, extending east as far as Baden , south to Aarburg, west to the Vosges Mtns. in France, and north to Freiburg in Germany. It is based on the work of Sebastian Munster.

[At Right:]
Sueviae. A handsome map of Swabia in southeastern Germany, extending from Augsburg in the east, to Strasbourg in the west, and the Boden Zee in the south.

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, 114.

Inventory No. 8302

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