ORTELIUS’S MAP OF AUSTRIA

 

$700

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

Avstriae Descrip...

CONDITION:

13-7/8” x 19”. Originai color. Excellent condition.

DATE:

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 in 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 Ortelius’s second plate devoted to Austria, replacing that of 1570. Based on the work of Wolfgang Lazio, the map is quite handsome. It is surrounded by a wide decorative border, and has two strapwork cartouches.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke, 106

Inventory No. 8314

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