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1570 – A. Ortelius – Europae

Title:                      “Europae


The first edition Ortelius’ map of Europe. The map is based upon several important maps of Europe, including Gerard Mercator’s 1554 map of Europe. Mapping of Greenland and Iceland from Mercator’s 1569 world map. The treatment of Great Britain is based upon Mercator’s 1564 Great Britain map. Scandinavia is drawn from Olaus Magnus’ 1539 Scandinavia map. Russia is based on Jenkinson’s 1562 Russia map. The Southeastern part of this map is based upon Gastaldi’s first map of Asia of 1559. Parts of the North African coast are based upon Gastaldi’s Africa map of 1564. Finely engraved with a stippled sea, sailing ship, compass rose and tents in Russia. The relatively modest cartouche shows a partially covered Europa sitting on the back of Zeus in the form of a placid bull, both gazing toward Europe.

Cartographer:             Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598)​
Frame size:                  35,5 x 50,5 cm
Year:                           1570
Technique:                  copper engraving

Good condition! Few splits professionally repaired. Paper with original watermark.

This is an original antique map published in 1570 and NOT a modern copy or reprint!

On your request I will provide a Certificate of Authenticity!

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