A MAPS OF THE ENVIRONS OF BRESCIA

 

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

Bresciano Brixiani Agri Typvs... From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp

CONDITION:

Latin text on verso. Very fine original color, 13 x 18”. Fine condition.

DATE:

[1590-] 1595

DESCRIPTION:

A handsome map of the territory of Brescia in northern Italy, with west at the top. Lake Leman is at upper center. It is based on Christoforo Sorte’s map published in 1560.

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.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke, 123.

Inventory No. 8344

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