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Bavaria Olim Vindeliciae Delineationis Compendium

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Bavaria Olim Vindeliciae Delineationis Compendium : A.Ortelius

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From Ortelius' magnificent atlas, the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum", this is an early and attractive map of Bavaria. Ortelius' 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 added so that later editions contained up to 163 map sheets. The maps themselves are finely engraved, often very decorative and generally found with text on the reverse. This map appeared in the "Theatrum" from 1573 and this example is from a 1579 edition of the work. In "Ortelius Atlas Maps" Marcel Van den Broecke suggests the cartographical source for Ortelius' map was Philipp Apian. The map is in good condition and is a nice, strong impression. The physical geography of this region, its many rivers and mountains, makes for an interesting and attractive presentation. The title appears in a decorative cartouche at the right with the Bavarian arms above. A scale in German miles is given in the lower right corner. A decorative map of this important European region.
mapmaker: A.Ortelius  
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1573 -1579
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 380 x 485
ref: 17180
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 110.

Price: £ 400£ 240

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