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ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527-1598).
Theatrum orbis terrarum.
Antwerp: Aegidius Radaeus, 1575. Folio (16 6/8 x 11 4/8 inches). Title within engraved architectural border with allegorical figures (lower margin renewed, fore-edge strengthened) and 91 maps on 70 mapsheets, all with contemporary and later hand-colouring and mounted on guards, extra-illustrated with a hand-coloured engraved portrait of Leopold I (1640-1705) Holy Roman Emporer on the verso of the map of Germany, engraved portrait of three Belgians commemorating the Union of Utrecht in January 1579, dated Amsterdam 1579 on the verso of the map of Holland, engraved allegorical account of the heraldry of Denmark and Norway on the verso of the map of Norway hand-coloured in part, and numerous small engraved coats of arms applied to some regional maps of Europe ([A6] supplied and lower edge repaired, some early marginal repairs to the lower margins and gutters in particular, affecting the image on the maps of Europe and Salzburg, map of Italy with ink additions to Triton, map of Piedmont with 6 lines of text inked out on verso, some browning). Modern vellum over paste-board, in white linen clamshell box. Provenance: 17th-century list of contents at end and titles to maps on versos. Fifth Latin edition, first published in 1570. "All the elements of the modern atlas were brought to publication in Abraham Ortelius' "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum". This substantial undertaking assembled... the best available maps of the world by the most renowned and up-to-date geographers... each of Ortelius' maps was engraved specifically for his atlas according to uniform formats" (Shirley). Ortel … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Arader Galleries [U.S.A.]
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