1584 – A. Ortelius – Europae


Title:                      “Europae


Nice colored Ortelius’ map of Europe. This is the second edition, which was first issued in 1584 and can be distinguished from the earlier editions by the inclusion of cursive lettering in the the words “Africae Pars“. 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:                  48,8 x 60,5 cm
Year:                             c. 1584
Technique:                  copper engraving

Very good condition! Very strong print and paper. Attractive hand coloring. Professionally framed (wood), on request can be sold unframed. ​Was not examined out of frame.

This is a genuine antique map published c. 1584 and NOT a modern copy or reprint!

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