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Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598).

Sehr attraktive Antike Karte des germanischen Raumes in der antiken Geschichte von Abraham Ortelius. Aus dem Parergon, Ortelius‘ persönlichstem Werk, veröffentlicht zwischen 1584 und 1624.

Very attractive copper engravings of the Germanic area in ancient History by Abraham Ortelius. From the parergon, Ortelius’ most personal work, published between 1584 and 1624.


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  • Type: carthografic print
  • Title:Germaniae Veteris Typus
  • Publication: 1624, second state, first issued in 1595
  • Technique: cupper engraving
  • Carthographer: Abraham Ortelius
  • Illustrator: Abraham Ortelius
  • Engraver: Jan Wierix e.a.
  • Abraham Orteli theatri orbis terrarum parergon (..) by Balthasar Moretus in Antwerp
  •   36,7 x 47 cm
  • 45.2 x 54.8 cm
  • Verso: Latin text / p. XiX
  • M2360GE
  • Source: Van den Broecke 200 / Koe III Ort 46 [19P]

Condition: B

Gut, dem Alter entsprechend. Mittelfalte wie ausgegeben mit Originalrändern. Scharfer, klarer Druck, ein Fleck. Allgemeine altersbedingte Tönung und/oder gelegentliche kleinere Mängel durch die Handhabung. Ränder mit einigen Fehlstellen, auf der Rückseite verstärkt.

Good, given age. Centrefold as issued with original margins. Sharp clear print, one stain. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Margins with some imperfections, reinforced on the verso.


Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598)

Abraham Ortelius is perhaps the best known and most frequently collected of all sixteenth-century mapmakers. Ortelius started his career as a map engraver. In 1547 he entered the Antwerp guild of St Luke as afsetter van Karten. In 1560, while traveling with Gerard Mercator he seems to have been attracted towards a career as a scientific geographer. From that point forward, he devoted himself to the compilation his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World), which would become the first modern atlas.

In 1564 he completed his “mappemonde“, an eight-sheet map of the world. The only extant copy of this great map is in the library of the University of Basle. Ortelius also published a map of Egypt in 1565, a plan of Brittenburg Castle on the coast of the Netherlands, and a map of Asia, prior to 1570.

In 1570, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum first appeared in an edition of 53 maps. The Theatrum was the best available summary of 16th-century cartographic knowledge, covering much of the exploration of the world in the century following the discovery of America. Most of the maps in Ortelius Theatrum were drawn from the works of a number of other mapmakers from around the world; a list of 87 authors is given by Ortelius himself.

The broad appeal of the Theatrum saw demand from many consumers who preferred to read the atlas in their local language. Thus, in addition to Latin, the book was published with text in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and English.

By the time of his death in 1598, a total of 25 editions were published including editions in Latin, Italian, German, French, and Dutch. Later editions would also be issued in Spanish and English by Ortelius’ successors, Vrients and Plantin, the former adding a number of maps to the atlas, the final edition of which was issued in 1612. Most of the maps in Ortelius Theatrum were drawn from the works of a number of other mapmakers from around the world; a list of 87 authors is given by Ortelius himself

After Ortelius’s death in 1598, the copper plates for his atlas passed to his heirs. They, in turn, sold the collection to Jan Baptist Vrients (1522-1612) in 1601. Vrients added new maps and published the atlas until his death in 1612. Vrients’s widow then sold the plates to the Moretus brothers, who were the successors of Christoffel Plantin.

In 1573, Ortelius published seventeen supplementary maps under the title of Additamentum Theatri Orbis Terrarum. In 1575 he was appointed geographer to the king of Spain, Philip II, on the recommendation of Arias Montanus, who vouched for his orthodoxy (his family, as early as 1535, had fallen under suspicion of Protestantism). In 1578 he laid the basis of a critical treatment of ancient geography with his Synonymia geographica (issued by the Plantin press at Antwerp and republished as Thesaurus geographicus in 1596). In 1584 he issued his Nomenclator Ptolemaicus, a Parergon (a series of maps illustrating ancient history, sacred and secular.) Late in life, he also aided Welser in his edition of the Peutinger Table in 1598.


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