AUSTRIA AND SLOVENIA

 

$300

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

[Two maps on one sheet] Rhetiae alpestris descriptio, in qua hodie Tirolis Comitatvs [and] Goritiae, Karstii, Chaczeolae, Carniolae Histriae... From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

CONDITION:

Very fine original color, 13-1/4” x 19-1/2” (sheet size). 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 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.

The maps are:

Tirolis Comitatus. A map of the old Austrian County of Tirol. The map shows the neighboring part of northern Italy, including the cities of Trento and Verona, and Lago di Garda. Taken from Wolfgang Lazius’s map of 1561.

Coritiae. The Istrian peninsula and southwestern Slovenia. Lake Cernika is shown in a picturesque fashion in bird’s-eye view.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke 116 a-b

Inventory No. 8420

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