ORTELIUS, Abraham. 1527-1598. Theatrum orbis terrarum. Antwerp: Gilles Coppens de Diest, 1570.
Lot 130
ORTELIUS, Abraham. 1527-1598.
Theatrum orbis terrarum. Antwerp: Gilles Coppens de Diest, 1570.
US$ 50,000 - 80,000
£ 39,000 - 63,000

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ORTELIUS, Abraham. 1527-1598. Theatrum orbis terrarum. Antwerp: Gilles Coppens de Diest, 1570.
ORTELIUS, Abraham. 1527-1598.
Theatrum orbis terrarum. Antwerp: Gilles Coppens de Diest, 1570.
Folio (410 x 285 mm). Engraved allegorical title with epigramma on verso, 53 engraved double-page maps, most by Frans Hogenberg. Some minor marginal worming to lower right corner, many neatly repaired, and only a few affecting the map image, brown stain on map 32. Title restored at inner margin and with upper left margin, lower right margin, and small section on right margin renewed affecting extreme edges of image, text browned at end. Contemporary limp vellum. Some light wear and soiling.

FIRST EDITION of Ortelius's major atlas of the World. "The first modern geographical atlas...The compilation of a general atlas containing maps of uniform size and bound up in a single volume was the result of a suggestion of a friend...Ortelius, who knew most of the map-makers and map-sellers both in Amsterdam and abroad, gathered together the best available maps of the various countries and had them re-engraved in uniform size" (The World Encompassed, 135). His list of contributors, which included not only the authors of the original maps but other cartographers and geographers as well, has been of particular value for historians of cartography.
Koeman III, Ort 1A-1D; Phillips 374; PMM 91; Sabin 57693; Shirley 122.

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  • Please note this copy is a first Latin edition, second issue, preliminaries and map conforming to Van der Krogt / Koeman Ort. 1B. Van der Broecke in "Ortelius Atlas Maps", 1996 estimates a print run of just 325 copies for all four issues of the 1570 Latin edition of the Theatrum.
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