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World, by Abraham Ortelius.


Typus Orbis Terrarum. - Abraham Ortelius, 1572.

€4300  ($4644 / £3569)
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Item Number:  27269  new
Category:  Antique maps > World and Polar
References: Van der Krogt 3 - 0001:31A, Van den Broecke - #1, Clancy - p.67 Map 5.9, Shirley (World) - #122 State 1, Karrow - 1/6

Old, antique world map, by Abraham Ortelius.

Cartographer: Gerard Mercator
Engraver: Frans Hogenberg

Date of the first edition: 1570.
Date of this map: 1572.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 33.5 x 49.5 cm (13.19 x 19.49 inch).
Verso: French text.
Condition: Hand coloured, remargined.
Condition Rating: B

References: Van der Krogt 3, 0001:31A; Van den Broecke, #1; Clancy, p.67 Map 5.9; Shirley (World), #122 State 1; Karrow, 1/6.

From: Théâtre de l'Univers, contenant les cartes de tout de monde, avec une brieve déclaration d'icelles. Antwerp, Gielis Coppens van Diest, 1572. (Van der Krogt 3, 31:301).

Early issue of Ortelius' world map (before the crack of c.1576), based on Mercator's large world map of 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.