1598 – A. Ortelius – 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.
This map comes from rare Dutch edition atlas “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum“, only 100 pieces were printed, issued in Antwerp 1598.
Cartographer: Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598)
Sheet size: 44,0 x 55,5 cm
Technique: copper engraving
Very good condition! Strong press on watermarked paper. Attractive hand coloring. Lower midlefold separation (does not reach the image). Brownish frame around map (map was in the frame before). On upper corners archival tape, used for framing.
This is a genuine antique map published in 1598 and NOT a modern copy or reprint!
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