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Old antique map of the World, by Abraham Ortelius

Item number:01848
Category:Antique maps > world and polar regions
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Typus Orbis Terrarum. - Abraham Ortelius, 1584.     First plate.

Old, world map, by Abraham Ortelius.

Engraved by Frans Hogenberg.

Date of the first edition: 1570
Date of this map: 1584

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 35.5 x 48.5cm (13.8 x 19 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Bright original colours, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+ 
References: Shirley (World), 122, first plate; Van der Krogt 3, 0001:31A; Van den Broecke,1.4; Karrow, 1/6; Clancy, p.6.

From: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, 1584. (Van der Krogt, 31:031)

This is the first plate (of three) of Ortelius' world map. It is a simplified one-sheet reduction of Mercator's large world map which had appeared in 1569. From surviving correspondence, it is known that Mercator generously encouraged Ortelius to make use of his published corpus of research; he also provided him with co-ordinates of places in America and perhaps elsewhere. South America retains the unusual bulged south-west coast drawn by Mercator. There is also a prudent comment adjacent to New Guinea querying whether this large island is part of the southern continent or not.

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