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- Antique print, titled: 'Gelriae, Cliviae, Finitimorumque Locorum Verissima Descriptio Christiano Schrot. Auctore.' - Superb map of Ortelius' first plate covering Gelderland. It is based on Christiaan Sgrothen's map of 1567 and is richly engraved with fine detail particularly along the rivers. The map is oriented with north to the left with ribbon cartouches marking the cardinal directions. A single large ship sails in the Zuyder Zee, a bowl of fruit sits atop the distance scales, and a painter's implements adorn the large title cartouche. Latin text on verso. Copperplate engraving / etching with contemporary hand colouring on hand laid paper. Description: Source unknown, to be determined.Artists and Engravers: Made by 'Abraham Ortelius' after an anonymous artist. Abraham Ortelius was born 1528 in Antwerp. He studied mathematics, Greek and Latin and travelled a lot across Europe. He established a business in dealing with books and drawing maps. His first remarkable map was a 8 sheet world map in the year 1564, but only three copies have survived. In 1570 he issued the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum", the first modern "Atlas" with uniformly sized maps in a systematic collection. The term "Atlas" was not used until Mercator introduced it 20 years later. Most of the maps in Theatrum have been engraved by Frans Hogenberg. At the time of publication, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed. Nevertheless it was a big success and around 7000 copies have been printed until 1612 in many editions and six different languages. Beside the Theatrum, Ortelius compiled a series of historical maps and published it in the "Parergon Theatri" which was bound with the Theatrum from 1579 onwards or published separately. Condition: Good, given age. Light staining in the margins. Small crease top right corner, just outside image. Original middle fold as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully. Storage location: BG-B3-33 The overall size is ca. 20.9 x 15.7 inch. The image size is ca. 19.5 x 14.6 inch. The overall size is ca. 53 x 39.8 cm. The image size is ca. 49.5 x 37 cm.
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Last Found On: 2017-11-09           Check availability:      AbeBooks    


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