Ortelius - Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, or The Theater of The World Atlas, 1579
Original antique atlas, 1579
93 hand-colored engraved maps
Ortelius - The Theater of The World Atlas, 1579
Original Antique Book
17” height x 12” width x 2 1/2” depth (book)
93 hand-colored engraved maps within original calf-skin binding
Archival clam-shell, drop-spine book box in half-leather with label (18 1/4” height x 13 1/4” width x 3 5/8” depth)
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or The Theater of The World
Abraham Ortelius (1527—1598) came to prominence during the latter part of the 16th-century in Antwerp, Belgium. One of the great trading centers of Europe at the time, Antwerp proved to be fertile ground for the young Ortelius. First schooled by his father, he continued on his own and attained a masterful knowledge of mathematics and the sciences.
Abraham Ortelius traveled widely and developed an intense interest in cartography. He is among the most important of the Dutch cartographers, and is credited with publishing the first comprehensive world atlas. Known as Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or The Theater of The World, the atlas is a cornerstone of any cartographic collection. The world map is one the of most sought after of all world maps.
This 1579 edition is especially desirable. Boasting brilliant original color, all 93 plates are in excellent condition. It was the pivotal publication among along series of editions published between 1570 and 1624. It also is comprised of 33 new plates while still containing the first and earliest states of most of the prior plates, including the much coveted world map.
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