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1584 – A. Ortelius – Typus Orbis Terrarum

Title:                      “Typus Orbis Terrarum

This important map of the world, first plate, appeared in the “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum” of Abraham Ortelius,  the first regularly produced world atlas. Ortelius consulted many sources for his map including his friend Gerard Mercator, earlier works by Giacomo Gastaldi, Gemma Frisius, Laurentius Fries and other early mapmakers can be seen in the map. South America retains the unusual bulged south-west coast drawn by Mercator.  Much of the geography of North America is speculative, the Mississippi River does not appear on the map,  Nova Francia is named, but there is no trace of the Great Lakes. A massive Terra Australis Nondum Cognita is shown with equally bold conjecture in the Southern Hemisphere. Includes several sea monsters, a sailing ship and other decorative embellishments. The plate has been signed by the famous engraver, Frans Hogenberg and was used for the first 16 editions of the “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum”. A crack developed in the lower left corner from 1570 onwards and this map shows evidence of that crack.  Latin text on verso.

Cartographer:             Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598)​
Sheet size:                  54,0 x 40,3 cm
Year:                           1584
Technique:                  copper engraving

Very good condition! Strong print and paper. Hand colouring! Water stain in upper right part expertly and nearly invisibly repaired. Paper with map maker’s watermark!

This is a genuine antique map published in 1584 and not a modern copy or reprint!

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