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Aprutii Ulterioris Descriptio

Aprutii Ulterioris Descriptio : A.Ortelius

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Here shown is Teramo, which under the Kingdom of Naples was capital of this province, Arbruzzo Ulteriore, until the creation of modern Italy on 1860. Also to be seen is Aquila which now as L'Aquila is both provincial and regional capital. It was severely damaged in the 2009 earthquake, one of several to have afflicted the town since its construction under the Holy Roman Emperors in the 13th century. Ortelius' atlas, the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum", in which this map was published, 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 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 (here Spanish) on the reverse.
region: Maps of Italy
mapmaker: A.Ortelius  
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1590-1612
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 320 x 415
ref: 34403
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 138.

Price: £ 500

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