SIXTEENTH CENTURY TRANSILVANIA

 

$500

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

Transilvania. From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp

CONDITION:

Latin text on verso. Very fine original color, 13 x 17-3/4”. Fine condition.

DATE:

[1575-] 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 map of Transylvania , the legendary haunt of Count Dracula, is based upon Johannes Sambucus’s two-sheet map published in 1566 in Vienna. Now a part of western Romania, Transylvania was under Ottoman control during the sixteenth century.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke, 153.

Inventory No. 8357

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