THE ORTELIUS MAP OF HUNGARY

 

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

Hungariae Descriptio, Wolfgango Lazio Auct. From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

CONDITION:

Very fine original color, 13-3/4 x 19-5/8“. Fine condition.

DATE:

[1570]-1595

DESCRIPTION:

A map of the northern Balkans, from Vienna in the west to Transylvania in the east, and from Bosnia in the south to Slovakia in the north. Hungary and the surrounding territory were fragmented in the sixteenth century, fought over by the Austrian Hapsburgs and the Ottoman Turks. Buda (Budapest) was taken by the Turks in 1541.

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, 150

Inventory No. 8319

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