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Scotiae Tabula

Scotiae Tabula : A. Ortelius

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Ortelius' map of Scotland is one of the earliest maps of the country alone that can be found on the market today. Typically for the period, Scotland is shown with north to the right of the sheet, and geographically it follows the influential maps of George Lily and Gerard Mercator. An impressive title cartouche occupies the right of this boldly engraved plate. 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. A good example, although trimmed to the neatline and laid down, with very attractive and subtle hand-colour.
mapmaker: A. Ortelius  
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1573-
medium and colour: copperplate, Original colour
size in mm: 350 by 470mm (13.75 by 18.5 inches).
ref: 41973
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 18.

Price: £ 600

 
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