A FINE EARLY MAP OF BOHEMIA

 

$600

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

Regni Bohemiae Descriptio. From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

CONDITION:

Latin text on the verso. Fine original color, 13 1/4 x 20“. Fine condition.

DATE:

[1570]-1595

DESCRIPTION:

At the time that this map appeared, Bohemia was a constituent state of the Hapsburg monarchy. It is now the westernmost part of the Czech Republic. The map has two large cartouches, and its surface is covered with mountains and forests shown in side view.

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. 



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Van Den Broecke 101

Inventory No. 8313

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