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Ortelius, Abraham
Siciliae Veteris Typus. Ex Conatibus geographicis Ab. Ortelii.
Antwerp: Balthasar Moretus, 1612. Other. 370 by 484mm (14 by 19 inches).. Original antique copper engraving, published 1612 in the famous historical Atlas “Parergon” (Latin text-edition) by Abraham Ortelius. Finely later hand-colored in wash and outline. The map is ornated with three cartouches, in the top left centre the title cartouche with the ,privilegium" , on the lower left side a cartouche with a list of uncertain places and peoples. In the upper left corner we find an inset showing the region of Syracus. Villages and towns are shown as miniature views, moreover the map is ornated with ships, sea monsters and animals. Ortelius was born on 14 April 1527 in the city of Antwerp, which was then in the Habsburg Netherlands (modern-day Belgium). The Orthellius family were originally from Augsburg, a Free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1535, the family had fallen under suspicion of Protestantism. Following the death of Ortelius's father, his uncle Jacobus van Meteren returned from religious exile in England to take care of Ortelius. Abraham remained close to his cousin Emanuel van Meteren, who would later moved to London. In 1575 he was appointed geographer to the king of Spain, Philip II, on the recommendation of Arias Montanus, who vouched for his orthodoxy. He travelled extensively in Europe and is specifically known to have traveled throughout the Seventeen Provinces; in southern, western, northern, and eastern Germany (e.g., 1560, 1575–1576); France (1559–1560); England and Ireland (1576); and Italy (1578, and perhaps twice or thrice between 1550 and 155 … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Antiquariat Reinhold Berg ek [Germany]
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