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Flandriae Comitatus Descriptio

Flandriae Comitatus Descriptio : A. Ortelius

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With an inset plan of ancient Walchern and North-West Flanders at upper right, Ortelius' map of Flanders uses Mercator's 1540 map of the region as its source. The map was published in editions of the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" from 1592. The atlas achieved instant fame as "the world's first regularly produced atlas" (Skelton), being the first atlas with maps prepared to a uniform format. It was also an immediate commercial success, being reprinted four times in 1570, the first year of its publication. The atlas was frequently reprinted, with many of the maps re-engraved and up-dated, and new maps were added so that later editions contained up to 163 map sheets. The maps themselves are finely engraved, often very decorative and are generally found with text on the reverse.
mapmaker: A. Ortelius  
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1592-1612
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 375 by 490mm (14¾ by 19¼ inches).
ref: 34157
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 77.

Price: £ 500

 
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