THE LOWLANDS

 

$450

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

Belgii Veteris Typus. From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp

CONDITION:

Latin text on verso. Very fine original color, 15 x 19 1/8”. 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 is the first issue of a highly decorative map of the Lowlands during the Roman period. It appeared in 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. Many of the placenames were taken from Caesar’s Commentaries. The map was added to the atlas in 1595 and replaced an earlier version of 1584.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke 198

Inventory No. 8438

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