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Maps by Abraham Ortelius

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Following the death of their father, Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) and his sisters became map illuminators or colourists; and Ortelius also dabbled in buying and selling general antiques. From 1558 onwards, he is recorded as purchasing multiple copies of maps in order to colour them, but also began building up a large personal collection.

Ortelius was certainly the “man for the moment” whose interest in history and the classics translated itself into his maps of the ancient world and, through his draughtsmanship and cartographic skills, the production of his maps of the modern, emerging world. His life spanned a period of dramatic European history and the cultural enlightenment of the late Renaissance, while his friendship with the great Gerard Mercator, and other connections with like-minded geographers, historians and academics around Europe, provided the raw material for one of the landmarks of cartographic history.

From about 1560, possibly as a result of his friendship with Mercator, Ortelius began to produce maps - an eight sheet world map being the earliest. At this time, Ortelius also began preparing his greatest project, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Having already become probably the greatest cartographic bibliographer of the period, Ortelius was able to prepare 53 map sheets based on the most up-to-date information, which were engraved by Frans Hogenberg, and first published in 1570.

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.  Between 1570 and 1641 (the publication of the last recognised edition of the Theatrum …) few competing volumes appeared and the atlas was able to expand from its original 53 maps to over 160. Over 30 different editions, with text in Latin, French, Dutch, German, Italian, English or Spanish, testify to the popularity and esteem attributed to the work. Marcel Van Den Broecke, whose fascinating work on Ortelius and his maps is often quoted, estimates that around 7300 complete atlases were published using a total of 234 copperplates, either replacements or reworkings as plates became out-dated, worn, or as new information became available. Amongst this latter category, the maps added in the 1580’s and 90’s of the world, the Americas, China, the Pacific, Japan, Peru and Florida, and Iceland are important historically and justly famous.The maps themselves are finely engraved, often very decorative and generally found with text on the reverse.

After Ortelius’ death in 1598 the atlas continued to be printed and published by the Plantin Press. Between 1602 and 1609 it was published by Johann Baptist Vrients, who added a variety of fine maps including the very decorative large plates of England and Wales, and of Ireland. Publication reverted to the Plantin Press, under the control of the Moretus brothers, from 1612.

Although only the relatively unsuccessful atlases of De Jode and, ultimately, Mercator were published during the sixteenth century life of the Theatrum …, in 1607 Jodocus Hondius’s issue of Mercator’s Atlas ... with many newly prepared maps began to supersede Ortelius’ work.
 

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World Maps

Aevi Veteris, Typus Geographicus
Aevi Veteris, Typus Geographicus

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1590-1595, copperplate, coloured, 310 by 440mm (12¼ by 17¼ inches). mm

Ref: 38698

Price: £ 1000

Typus Orbis Terrarum ... 1587
Typus Orbis Terrarum ... 1587

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1589-1592, copperplate, coloured, 350 by 480mm (13.75 by 19 inches). mm

Ref: 41430

Price: £ 6500

Europe Maps

Hispalensis Conventvs Delineatio
Hispalensis Conventvs Delineatio

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1579-1612, Copperplate, coloured, 510 x 340 mm

Ref: 34256

Price: £ 480

Insularum Aliquot Maris Mediterranei Descriptio
Insularum Aliquot Maris Mediterranei Descriptio

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570, copperplate, coloured, 360 by 470mm (14¼ by 18½ inches). mm

Ref: 37852

Price: £ 850

Provinciae Regionis Galliae, Vera Exactissimaque Descriptio
Provinciae Regionis Galliae, Vera Exactissimaque Descriptio

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1595-1612, copperplate, coloured, 350 by 500mm (13.75 by 19.75 inches). mm

Ref: 34161

Price: £ 650

Andegaven Sivm Ditio Nis Vera Et Integra Descripto
Andegaven Sivm Ditio Nis Vera Et Integra Descripto

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1579-1612, Copperplate, coloured, 360 x 470 mm

Ref: 34806

Price: £ 320

Caletensium Et Bononiensium / Veromandorum ...
Caletensium Et Bononiensium / Veromandorum ...

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1558-1612, copperplate, uncoloured, 360 by 470mm (14.25 by 18.5 inches). mm

Ref: 35077

Price: £ 120

Gallia Narbonens / Sabaudiae ... / Venuxini Comitatus ...
Gallia Narbonens / Sabaudiae ... / Venuxini Comitatus ...

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1584-1612, Copperplate, coloured, 360 x 470 mm

Ref: 35098

Price: £ 320

Galliae Regni Potentiss: Nova Descriptio ...
Galliae Regni Potentiss: Nova Descriptio ...

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570, copperplate, coloured, 345 x 495 mm

Ref: 37855

Price: £ 600

Caletensium ... / Veromanduorum Eorum ...
Caletensium ... / Veromanduorum Eorum ...

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570, copperplate, coloured, 330 x 480 mm

Ref: 37856

Price: £ 300

Galliae Narbonenesis Ora Maritima ... / Sabaudiae, Et Burgundiae
Galliae Narbonenesis Ora Maritima ... / Sabaudiae, Et Burgundiae

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570, copperplate, coloured, 295 x 445 mm

Ref: 37857

Price: £ 450

Regionis Biturgium Exactiss: ... / Limaniae Topogrphiae ...
Regionis Biturgium Exactiss: ... / Limaniae Topogrphiae ...

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570, copperplate, coloured, 310 x 480 mm

Ref: 37858

Price: £ 240

Galliae veteris typus
Galliae veteris typus

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1595- 1606, Copperplate, original colour, 450 by 570mm (17.75 by 22.5 inches). mm

Ref: 41321

Price: £ 420

Frisiae Occidentalis
Frisiae Occidentalis

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1579, copperplate, uncoloured, 360 by 485mm (14¼ by 19 inches). mm

Ref: 17196

Price: £ 400

Nobilis Hannoniae Comitatus Descrip
Nobilis Hannoniae Comitatus Descrip

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1579, copperplate, uncoloured, 370 by 490mm (14½ by 19¼ inches). mm

Ref: 17201

Price: £ 260

Frisia Orientalis
Frisia Orientalis

By A. Ortelius of London, 1595-1606, copperplate, original outline colour, 375 by 500mm (14¾ by 19¾ inches). mm

Ref: 24386

Price: £ 650

Flandriae Comitatus Descriptio
Flandriae Comitatus Descriptio

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1592-1612, copperplate, uncoloured, 375 by 490mm (14¾ by 19¼ inches). mm

Ref: 34157

Price: £ 500

Namvrcvm
Namvrcvm

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1579-1612, Copperplate, uncoloured, 360 x 470 mm

Ref: 35081

Price: £ 120

Atrebatum Regio Nis Vera Descriptio
Atrebatum Regio Nis Vera Descriptio

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1595-1612, copperplate, uncoloured, 360 by 470mm (14.25 by 18.5 inches). mm

Ref: 35083

Price: £ 160

Bavaria Olim Vindeliciae Delineationis Compendium
Bavaria Olim Vindeliciae Delineationis Compendium

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1573 -1579, copperplate, uncoloured, 380 x 485 mm

Ref: 17180

Price: £ 400

Westphaliae Totius ... Accurata Descriptio
Westphaliae Totius ... Accurata Descriptio

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1579, copperplate, coloured, 345 by 495mm (13½ by 19½ inches). mm

Ref: 17192

Price: £ 350

Turingiae Noviss. Descript. ... / Misniae Et Lusatiae Tabula ...
Turingiae Noviss. Descript. ... / Misniae Et Lusatiae Tabula ...

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1573-1612, Copperplate, coloured, 300 x 480 mm

Ref: 35089

Price: £ 300

Braunsuicensis Et Luneburgen ... / Norimberg ...
Braunsuicensis Et Luneburgen ... / Norimberg ...

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1590-1612, Copperplate, coloured, 310 x 480 mm

Ref: 35094

Price: £ 300

Franciae Orientalis ... / Monasteriensis Et Osnaburgensis
Franciae Orientalis ... / Monasteriensis Et Osnaburgensis

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570-1612, Copperplate, coloured, 370 x 510 mm

Ref: 35096

Price: £ 300

Pomeraniae ... Typ. / Livoniae Descriptio / Ducatus Oswieczensis
Pomeraniae ... Typ. / Livoniae Descriptio / Ducatus Oswieczensis

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1573-1606, copperplate, original colour, 450 by 576mm (17.75 by 22.75 inches). mm

Ref: 41335

Price: £ 400

Helvetiae Descriptio
Helvetiae Descriptio

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570-1612, copperplate, uncoloured, 340 by 450mm (13½ by 17¾ inches). mm

Ref: 34156

Price: £ 1000

Helvetiae Descriptio ...
Helvetiae Descriptio ...

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570, copperplate, coloured, 340 by 450mm (13.5 by 17.75 inches). mm

Ref: 37837

Price: £ 1750

Patavini Territorii Corographia ...
Patavini Territorii Corographia ...

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1573-1574, Copperplate, coloured, 310 x 200 mm

Ref: 10777

Price: £ 380

Senensis Dictionis .../ Corsica / Marcha Anconae, Olim Picenum
Senensis Dictionis .../ Corsica / Marcha Anconae, Olim Picenum

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1573-1612, copperplate, coloured, 325 x 485 mm

Ref: 34317

Price: £ 450

Aprutii Ulterioris Descriptio
Aprutii Ulterioris Descriptio

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1590-1612, copperplate, coloured, 320 x 415 mm

Ref: 34403

Price: £ 500

Rhetiae Alpestris ... Tirolis Comitatus / Goritiae, Karstii ...
Rhetiae Alpestris ... Tirolis Comitatus / Goritiae, Karstii ...

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1573-1612, copperplate, coloured, 340 x 495 mm

Ref: 34409

Price: £ 480

Latium
Latium

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1595- 1606, Copperplate, original colour, 450 by 580mm (17.75 by 22.75 inches). mm

Ref: 41318

Price: £ 420

Graecia Maior
Graecia Maior

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1595- 1606, Copperplate, original colour, 450 by 580mm (17.75 by 22.75 inches). mm

Ref: 41319

Price: £ 400

Tusciae antiquae typus
Tusciae antiquae typus

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1595- 1606, Copperplate, original colour, 452 by 594mm (17.75 by 23.5 inches). mm

Ref: 41320

Price: £ 450

Italia Gallica sive Gallia Cisalpina
Italia Gallica sive Gallia Cisalpina

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1590- 1606, Copperplate, original colour, 450 by 580mm (17.75 by 22.75 inches). mm

Ref: 41322

Price: £ 450

Salisburgensis Ivrisdictionis...
Salisburgensis Ivrisdictionis...

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1592-1612, Copperplate, uncoloured, 510 x 340 mm

Ref: 34267

Price: £ 340

Carinthiae Dvcatvs ... / Histriae ... / Zarae ...
Carinthiae Dvcatvs ... / Histriae ... / Zarae ...

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1573-1612, Copperplate, uncoloured, 510 x 340 mm

Ref: 34269

Price: £ 340

Regni Bohemiae Descriptio
Regni Bohemiae Descriptio

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570-1612, Copperplate, uncoloured, 510 x 340 mm

Ref: 34271

Price: £ 320

Hungariae Descriptio ...
Hungariae Descriptio ...

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570, copperplate, coloured, 345 x 490 mm

Ref: 37841

Price: £ 750

Schlavoniae, Croatiae, Carniae, Istriae, Bosniae ...
Schlavoniae, Croatiae, Carniae, Istriae, Bosniae ...

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570, copperplate, coloured, 330 x 460 mm

Ref: 37851

Price: £ 750

Austriae Descrip.
Austriae Descrip.

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1592-1606, copperplate, original colour, 450 by 576mm (17.75 by 22.75 inches). mm

Ref: 41331

Price: £ 600

Schlavoniae, Croatiae, Carniae, Istriae, Bosniae, Finitimarumque (Dalmatia)
Schlavoniae, Croatiae, Carniae, Istriae, Bosniae, Finitimarumque (Dalmatia)

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570-1606, copperplate, original colour, 450 by 570mm (17.75 by 22.5 inches). mm

Ref: 41332

Price: £ 360

Rhetiae Alpestris ... Tirolis Comitatus / Goritiae, Karstii ...
Rhetiae Alpestris ... Tirolis Comitatus / Goritiae, Karstii ...

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1573-1606, copperplate, original colour, 455 by 580mm (18 by 22.75 inches). mm

Ref: 41333

Price: £ 450

Carinthiae Dvcatvs ... / Histriae ... / Zarae ...
Carinthiae Dvcatvs ... / Histriae ... / Zarae ...

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1573-1606, copperplate, original colour, 450 by 574mm (17.75 by 22.5 inches). mm

Ref: 41336

Price: £ 400

Illyricum
Illyricum

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1573-1606, copperplate, original colour, 450 by 580mm (17.75 by 22.75 inches). mm

Ref: 41337

Price: £ 500

Thraciae Veteris Typus
Thraciae Veteris Typus

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1590- 1606, Copperplate, original colour, 450 by 582mm (17.75 by 23 inches). mm

Ref: 41316

Price: £ 360

Daciarum, Moesiarumque, vetus descriptio (Hungary)
Daciarum, Moesiarumque, vetus descriptio (Hungary)

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1595- 1606, Copperplate, original colour, 450 by 590mm (17.75 by 23.25 inches). mm

Ref: 41317

Price: £ 360

Graeciae Universae Secundum Hodiernum ...
Graeciae Universae Secundum Hodiernum ...

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570 - 1592, copperplate, coloured, 365 by 510mm (14.25 by 20 inches). mm

Ref: 41769

Price: £ 620

Africa Maps

Africae Tabula Nova
Africae Tabula Nova

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570-1595, copperplate, uncoloured, 375 x 510 mm

Ref: 37599

Price: £ 1750

Abissinorum Regio / Presbiteri Iohannis Sive Abissinorum Imperium
Abissinorum Regio / Presbiteri Iohannis Sive Abissinorum Imperium

By A. Ortelius / J. Hondius of Amsterdam, 1598 - 1601, copperplate, coloured, 90 by 120mm (3.5 by 4.75 inches). mm

Ref: 40974

Price: £ 220

Natoliae Quae Olim Asia Minor, Nova Descriptio
Natoliae Quae Olim Asia Minor, Nova Descriptio

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1573-1606, copperplate, original colour, 450 by 570mm (17.75 by 22.5 inches). mm

Ref: 41334

Price: £ 480

Acores Insulae
Acores Insulae

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1584-1612, copperplate, uncoloured, 330 x 460 mm

Ref: 34130

Price: £ 600

Asia Maps

Asiae Nova Descriptio
Asiae Nova Descriptio

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1575-, copperplate, coloured, 365 by 485mm (14.25 by 19 inches). mm

Ref: 40407

Price: £ 1800

Asiae Nova Descriptio
Asiae Nova Descriptio

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1575, copperplate, original colour, 370 by 480mm (14.5 by 19 inches). mm

Ref: 40462

Price: £ 2000

Persici Sive Sophorum Regni Typus
Persici Sive Sophorum Regni Typus

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570-1612, copperplate, coloured, 350 x 490 mm

Ref: 34140

Price: £ 700

Natoliae ... / Aegypti ... / Carthaginis
Natoliae ... / Aegypti ... / Carthaginis

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570, copperplate, coloured, 320 x 490 mm

Ref: 37845

Price: £ 500

Erythraei Sive Rubri Mari Periplus ...
Erythraei Sive Rubri Mari Periplus ...

By A. Ortelius of London, 1598-1608, copperplate, coloured, 360 by 460mm (14.25 by 18 inches). mm

Ref: 40124

Price: £ 1250

Turkie / Turcicum Imperium
Turkie / Turcicum Imperium

By A. Ortelius / J. Hondius of Amsterdam, 1598 - 1603, copperplate, coloured, 90 by 120mm (3.5 by 4.75 inches). mm

Ref: 40977

Price: £ 200

Geographia Sacra
Geographia Sacra

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1601-, copperplate, coloured, 350 by 475mm (13.75 by 18.75 inches). mm

Ref: 41018

Price: £ 800

Terra Sancta
Terra Sancta

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1584-1612, Copperplate, coloured, 370 by 500mm (14.5 by 19.75 inches). mm

Ref: 34138

Price: £ 850

Tartariae Siue Magni Chami Regni Typus
Tartariae Siue Magni Chami Regni Typus

By A. Ortelius / P. Galle of Antwerp, 1577-1589, copperplate, uncoloured, 80 by 110mm (3.25 by 4.25 inches). mm

Ref: 23979

Price: £ 120

Tartariae Sive Magni Chami Regni
Tartariae Sive Magni Chami Regni

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570-1612, copperplate, uncoloured, 350 x 465 mm

Ref: 34150

Price: £ 1600

Tartaria
Tartaria

By A. Ortelius / P. Galle of Amsterdam, 1577 - 1589, copperplate, coloured, 100 by 120mm (4 by 4.75 inches). mm

Ref: 40995

Price: £ 220

China / China Regio Asie
China / China Regio Asie

By A. Ortelius / J. Hondius of Amsterdam, 1598 - 1601, copperplate, coloured, 90 by 120mm (3.5 by 4.75 inches). mm

Ref: 40975

Price: £ 300

Iapponia Insola  Iaponia Insula
Iapponia Insola Iaponia Insula

By A. Ortelius / J. Hondius of Amsterdam, 1598 - 1612, copperplate, coloured, 100 by 140mm (4 by 5.5 inches). mm

Ref: 40979

Price: £ 340

India / India Orient
India / India Orient

By A. Ortelius / J. Hondius of Amsterdam, 1598 - 1601, copperplate, coloured, 90 by 120mm (3.5 by 4.75 inches). mm

Ref: 40976

Price: £ 260

Australia, Pacific & Antarctic Maps

Maris Pacifici, (Quod Vulgo Mar Del Zur), ...
Maris Pacifici, (Quod Vulgo Mar Del Zur), ...

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1590-1595, Copperplate, uncoloured, 340 by 490mm (13.5 by 19.25 inches). mm

Ref: 38615

Price: £ 6500

America Maps

Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio
Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1587-1612, copperplate, uncoloured, 385 x 485 mm

Ref: 34660

Price: £ 5200

Americae Sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio
Americae Sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1587-1603, Copperplate, uncoloured, 360 by 490mm (14.25 by 19.25 inches). mm

Ref: 37981

Price: £ 3800

Peruviae / La Florida / Guastecan Regio
Peruviae / La Florida / Guastecan Regio

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1584-1612, copperplate, uncoloured, 340 x 465 mm

Ref: 34134

Price: £ 2500

British Isles Maps

Angliae, Scotiae, Et Hiberniae, Sive Britannicar: Insularum ...
Angliae, Scotiae, Et Hiberniae, Sive Britannicar: Insularum ...

By A.Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570-1612, copperplate, uncoloured, 345 x 495 mm

Ref: 29327

Price: £ 1250

Angliae, Scotiae, Et Hiberniae, Sive Britannicar Insularum ...
Angliae, Scotiae, Et Hiberniae, Sive Britannicar Insularum ...

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1570, copperplate, coloured, 345 by 495mm (13½ by 19½ inches). mm

Ref: 37844

Price: £ 2600

Anglia, Regnum Si Quod Aliud In Toto Oceano Ditissimum ...
Anglia, Regnum Si Quod Aliud In Toto Oceano Ditissimum ...

By C. Saxton / A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1603, Copperplate, coloured, 375 by 470mm (14.75 by 18.5 inches). mm

Ref: 38390

Price: £ 2000

Angliae Regni Florentissimi Nova Descriptio ...
Angliae Regni Florentissimi Nova Descriptio ...

By H. Lhuyd / A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1573-1580-, copperplate, original colour, 375 by 470mm (14.75 by 18.5 inches). mm

Ref: 41105

Price: £ 800

Angliae Et Hiberniae Accurata Descriptio
Angliae Et Hiberniae Accurata Descriptio

By A. Ortelius / J. B. Vrients of Antwerp, 1606-1609, copperplate, coloured, 430 by 565mm (17 by 22.25 inches). mm

Ref: 41658

Price: £ 6500

Ireland Maps & Charts

Eryn. Hibernicae Insulae Nova Descriptio. Irlandt
Eryn. Hibernicae Insulae Nova Descriptio. Irlandt

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1573-1602, copperplate, coloured, 350 by 480mm (13.75 by 19 inches). mm

Ref: 40408

Price: £ 1250

Eryn. Hiberniae, Britannicae Insulae, Nova Descriptio
Eryn. Hiberniae, Britannicae Insulae, Nova Descriptio

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1573-1598-, copperplate, original colour, 350 by 480mm (13.75 by 19 inches). mm

Ref: 41106

Price: £ 950

Scotland Maps & Charts

Scotiae Tabula
Scotiae Tabula

By A. Ortelius of Antwerp, 1573-, copperplate, original colour, 350 by 470mm (13.75 by 18.5 inches). mm

Ref: 41973

Price: £ 600