THE NETHERLANDS AND GERMANY

 

$900

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

Gelriae, Cliviae, Finitimorvmqve Locorvm Verissima Descriptio... From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp

CONDITION:

Latin text on verso. Very fine original color, 14-3/4 x 19-3/4”. Fine condition.

DATE:

[1570-] 1595

DESCRIPTION:

A detailed map of the watersheds of the Rhine and Meuse rivers with east at the top.
It is bounded by Utrecht in the west, the Zuyder Zee in the north, Cologne in the southeast and Maastricht in the south. The elaborate cartouche is capped by a host of exotic birds, with painter’s tools, such as brushes and palettes, dangling beneath.

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, 61.

Inventory No. 8345

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