This product is successfully added to your cart
Questions about this product? (#25260)

Authenticity Guarantee
All items are guaranteed authentic prints (woodcuts or engravings) or manuscripts made at or about (c.) the given date and in good condition unless stated otherwise. We don’t sell facsimiles or reproductions. We deliver every map with a Certificate of Authenticity containing all the details.

Prussia (Poland) by Abraham Ortelius. 1601

Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598)

The maker of the 'first atlas', the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1570), was born on 4 April 1527 into an old Antwerp family. He learned Latin and studied Greek and mathematics.
Abraham and his sisters Anne and Elizabeth took up map colouring. He was admitted to the Guild of St. Luke as an "illuminator of maps." Besides colouring maps, Ortelius was a dealer in antiques, coins, maps, and books, with the book and map trade gradually becoming his primary occupation.
Business went well because his means permitted him to start an extensive collection of medals, coins, antiques, and a library of many volumes. In addition, he travelled a lot and visited Italy and France, made contacts everywhere with scholars and editors, and maintained extensive correspondence with them.

In 1564 he published his first map, a large and ambitious world wall map. The inspiration for this map may well have been Gastaldi's large world map. In 1565 he published a map of Egypt and a map of the Holy Land, a large map of Asia followed.
In 1568 the production of individual maps for his atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum was already in full swing. He completed the atlas in 1569, and in May of 1570, the Theatrum was available for sale. It was one of the most expensive books ever published.
This first edition contained seventy maps on fifty-three sheets. Franciscus Hogenberg engraved the maps.
Later editions included Additamenta (additions), resulting in Ortelius' historical atlas, the Parergon, mostly bound together with the atlas. The Parergon can be called a truly original work of Ortelius, who drew the maps based on his research.

The importance of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum for geographical knowledge in the last quarter of the sixteenth century is difficult to overemphasize. Nothing was like it until Mercator's atlas appeared twenty-five years later. Demand for the Theatrum was remarkable. Some 24 editions appeared during Ortelius's lifetime and another ten after his death in 1598. Editions were published in Dutch, German, French, Spanish, English, and Italian. The number of map sheets grew from 53 in 1570 to 167 in 1612 in the last edition.

In 1577, engraver Philip Galle and poet-translator Pieter Heyns published the first pocket-sized edition of the Theatrum, the Epitome. The work was trendy. Over thirty editions of this Epitome were published in different languages.

back

Prussiae Vera Descriptio.

€500  ($540 / £425)
add to cart
Buy now
questions?
PRINT

Item Number:  25260 Authenticity Guarantee

Category:  Antique maps > Europe > Eastern Europe

Old antique map of Poland, by Abraham Ortelius.

Title: Prussiae Vera Descriptio.

Cartographer: Caspar Henneberger.

Date of the first edition: 1595.
Date of this map: 1601.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 365 x 465mm (14.37 x 18.31 inches).
Verso: Latin text.
Condition: Original coloured, small repair at centrefold in lower margin.
Condition Rating: A.

From: Ortelius A.,Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Abrahami Ortelii Antverp. Geographi Regii. Antwerpen, Plantin Press, 1601. (Van der Krogt 3, 1:052)

Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598)

The maker of the 'first atlas', the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1570), was born on 4 April 1527 into an old Antwerp family. He learned Latin and studied Greek and mathematics.
Abraham and his sisters Anne and Elizabeth took up map colouring. He was admitted to the Guild of St. Luke as an "illuminator of maps." Besides colouring maps, Ortelius was a dealer in antiques, coins, maps, and books, with the book and map trade gradually becoming his primary occupation.
Business went well because his means permitted him to start an extensive collection of medals, coins, antiques, and a library of many volumes. In addition, he travelled a lot and visited Italy and France, made contacts everywhere with scholars and editors, and maintained extensive correspondence with them.

In 1564 he published his first map, a large and ambitious world wall map. The inspiration for this map may well have been Gastaldi's large world map. In 1565 he published a map of Egypt and a map of the Holy Land, a large map of Asia followed.
In 1568 the production of individual maps for his atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum was already in full swing. He completed the atlas in 1569, and in May of 1570, the Theatrum was available for sale. It was one of the most expensive books ever published.
This first edition contained seventy maps on fifty-three sheets. Franciscus Hogenberg engraved the maps.
Later editions included Additamenta (additions), resulting in Ortelius' historical atlas, the Parergon, mostly bound together with the atlas. The Parergon can be called a truly original work of Ortelius, who drew the maps based on his research.

The importance of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum for geographical knowledge in the last quarter of the sixteenth century is difficult to overemphasize. Nothing was like it until Mercator's atlas appeared twenty-five years later. Demand for the Theatrum was remarkable. Some 24 editions appeared during Ortelius's lifetime and another ten after his death in 1598. Editions were published in Dutch, German, French, Spanish, English, and Italian. The number of map sheets grew from 53 in 1570 to 167 in 1612 in the last edition.

In 1577, engraver Philip Galle and poet-translator Pieter Heyns published the first pocket-sized edition of the Theatrum, the Epitome. The work was trendy. Over thirty editions of this Epitome were published in different languages.

References: Van der Krogt 3 - 1720:31C; Van den Broecke - 157

Related items

Gdansk, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

Dantzigk - Gedanum, Krantio, in sua Wandalia Gdanum; . . . 1576
Gdansk, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.
[Item number: 4056]

€550  ($594 / £467.5)
Poland - Klodzko, by J. Janssonius.

Comitatus Glatz. 1658
Poland - Klodzko, by J. Janssonius.
[Item number: 15619]

€320  ($345.6 / £272)
Prussia by Willem & Joan Blaeu

Prussia Accurate Descripta a Gasparo Henneberg Erlichensi. 1644-45
Prussia by Willem & Joan Blaeu
[Item number: 13183]

€420  ($453.6 / £357)
Poland - Rügen - Holstein, by Ortelius A.

Holsatiae Descriptio [on sheet with] Rugiae, Usedomiae, et Iulinae, Wandalicarum Insularum Vera Descriptio. 1601
Poland - Rügen - Holstein, by Ortelius A.
[Item number: 21277]

€300  ($324 / £255)
Poland - Prussia by J. Janssonius, published by Moses Pitt & J. Janssonius-Waesberge.

Prussia Accurate Descripta. 1680
Poland - Prussia by J. Janssonius, published by Moses Pitt & J. Janssonius-Waesberge.
[Item number: 999]

€360  ($388.8 / £306)
Poland, by Abraham Ortelius.

Poloniae Finitimarumque Locorum Descriptio Auctore Wenceslao Godreccio Polono. 1572
Poland, by Abraham Ortelius.
[Item number: 16790]

€1350  ($1458 / £1147.5)
Poland - Lithuania by Guillaume Delisle, published by Covens & Mortier.

La Pologne Dressée sur ce qu'en ont donné Starovolsk, Beauplan, Hartnoch, et autres auteurs. [Latin title in upper margin:] Tabula Regni Poloniae, Ducatus Lithuaniae &c. 1730
Poland - Lithuania by Guillaume Delisle, published by Covens & Mortier.
[Item number: 25890]

€650  ($702 / £552.5)
Poland, by M. Merian.

Polonia Regnum et Silesia Ducatus. 1638
Poland, by M. Merian.
[Item number: 25927]

€300  ($324 / £255)
Gdansk, Marlbork and Elblag, by Pieter van der Aa.

Les trois Iles, appellées en Allemand Werders, ou sont les Territoires de Dantzic, Marienbourg et Elbing dans la Prusse Royale, avec les Côtes de la Mer Baltique, suivant la description de Olaus Jean Gotho, ... 1713
Gdansk, Marlbork and Elblag, by Pieter van der Aa.
[Item number: 26041]

€350  ($378 / £297.5)
Prussia, by Francesco Santini.

La Prusse divisée en Prusse Royale, et Prusse Ducale. 1776-79
Prussia, by Francesco Santini.
[Item number: 26967]

€300  ($324 / £255)
Prussia, by Francesco Santini.

Carte de la Prusse Occidentale où sont tracées les Provinces cédées par la Pologne au Roi de Prusse. 1776-79
Prussia, by Francesco Santini.
[Item number: 26968]

€250  ($270 / £212.5)
Prussia, by Gerard Mercator.

Prussia. 1619
Prussia, by Gerard Mercator.
[Item number: 27197]

€460  ($496.8 / £391)
Poland, by Abraham Ortelius.

Polonia. 1609
Poland, by Abraham Ortelius.
[Item number: 27696]

€220  ($237.6 / £187)
Eastern Europe, by Lorenz Fries.

Tabu. Moderna Hungariae, Poloniae, Russiae, et Valachiae. (title from verso) 1525
Eastern Europe, by Lorenz Fries.
[Item number: 27931]

€650  ($702 / £552.5)
Poland - Lithuania by Petrus Schenk.

Friderico Augusto Vero Augusto Polon. Lithua. Borus. Pomer. Regi. Duci. Principi. Saxon. Utr. Duci. S. Imp. Elect. Haec. Imperii Sui Regna. c. 1715
Poland - Lithuania by Petrus Schenk.
[Item number: 28264]

€2800  ($3024 / £2380)
Poland by Zacharias Châtelain.

Nouvelle Carte du Royaume de Pologne, divisée selon ses Palatinats et ses Provinces, avec des Remarques Historiques pour l'Intelligence de l'Histoire. 1714
Poland by Zacharias Châtelain.
[Item number: 29427]

€550  ($594 / £467.5)
Postal map of Northern Germania, Poland, and the Baltic States by Nicolas Sanson, published by Pierre Mortier.

Cartes des Postes de Paris dans les Royaumes du Nord. c. 1709
Postal map of Northern Germania, Poland, and the Baltic States by Nicolas Sanson, published by Pierre Mortier.
[Item number: 29619]

€500  ($540 / £425)
Poland, by Gerard Mercator.

Polonia et Silesia. 1613
Poland, by Gerard Mercator.
[Item number: 29762]

€720  ($777.6 / £612)
Lithuania, Poland & Ukraine by Abraham Ortelius

Poloniae, Lituaniaeq. Descriptio. 1595
Lithuania, Poland & Ukraine by Abraham Ortelius
[Item number: 29857]

€1600  ($1728 / £1360)
Lithuania, by Willem Blaeu.

The most important wall map of Lithuania from the 17th century.
Magni Ducatus Lithuaniae Caeterarumque Regionum illi Adiacentium Exacta Descriptio. 1643
Lithuania, by Willem Blaeu.
[Item number: 30171]

€6800  ($7344 / £5780)