Frisia Occidentalis. From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp
Latin Text on verso. Very fine original color, 14-1/2 x 19-1/2”. Fine condition.
The map is devoted to western Frisia, the northernmost province of The Netherlands. There is a large inset that shows Frisia in ancient times, which is framed by peacocks, garlands of fruit and a satyr.
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.
Van den Broecke, 81.
Inventory No. 8350