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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

Daciarum, Moesiarumque, Vetus Descriptio. From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp

CONDITION:

Latin text on verso. Very fine original color, 13 3/4 x 18”. Fine condition.

DATE:

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 shows the Roman provinces of Dacia and Moesia, which roughly correspond to modern Rumania and Bulgaria. It was added in 1595 to Ortelius’s historical atlas, the
Parergon, which was puplished both separately and as an addendum to the Theatrum from 1579. The Parergon differed from the Theatrum in that the maps were the original creations of Ortelius.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke 212

Inventory No. 8437

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