THE ORTELIUS MAP OF WESTPHALIA

 

$650

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

Westphaliae Totivs, Finitimarvmqve Regionvm Accvrata Descriptio, From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

CONDITION:

Latin text on the verso. Very fine original color, 13 1/2 x 19 5/8“. Fine condition.

DATE:

[1579]-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.

This is a general map of Westphalia and the surrounding regions in northwest Germany. East is at the top of the map. It extends from Cologne in the south (right) to Bremen in the north (left), and includes the Ruhr (“Rhoer”) Valley, the industrial heartland of Germany. The map is based on a manuscript by Christian Sgroten, 1565. The map is lavishly ornamented by a great title cartouche, and two smaller cartouches that contain text.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke, 91

Inventory No. 8310

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