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Acores Insulae

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Acores Insulae : A.Ortelius

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Ortelius' map of the Azores is a particularly decorative example from his atlas, the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum". It is based on the work of the Portuguese royal cartographer Luis Teixeira and was first published by Ortelius in 1584. The Azores had played a significant role ininternational trade as a victualling stop and shelter for ships sailinginto the South Atlantic in this period. The map includes decorativesailing ships and sea monsters, a banner title, two strapwork cartouchesand a mileage scale - all elegantly worked into the page. 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 in1570, the first year of its publication. The atlas was frequentlyreprinted, with many of the maps re-engraved and up-dated, and new mapsadded so that later editions contained up to 163 map sheets. The mapsthemselves are finely engraved, often very decorative and are generallyfound with text on the reverse.
mapmaker: A.Ortelius  
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1584-1612
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 330 x 460
ref: 34130
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 24.

Price: £ 600£ 360

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