ORTELIUS’ MAP OF HUNGARY

 

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

Ungariae Loca Praecipua…. From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp

CONDITION:

Latin text on verso. Very fine original color, 13-1/2 x 19-3/4”. Fine condition.

DATE:

[1573-] 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 a general map of Hungary from the Ottoman period, richly colored, and with two large decorative strapwork cartouches. It is Ortelius’s second map of Hungary. Based upon the humanist Johannes Sambucus’s map published in Vienna, 1573, it was added to the Theatrum in 1579.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke, 151.

Inventory No. 8358

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