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Helvetiae Descriptio

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Helvetiae Descriptio : A. Ortelius

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Oriented with north to the bottom of the page, Ortelius' map of Switzerland has its cartographical source in the work of Aegidius Tschudi, who is duly credited in the title cartouche. The map was published in the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" from 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, the first year of its publication. The atlas was frequently reprinted, with many of the maps re-engraved and up-dated, and new maps were added. The maps themselves are finely engraved, often very decorative and are generally found with text on the reverse.
mapmaker: A. Ortelius  
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1570-1612
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 340 by 450mm (13½ by 17¾ inches).
ref: 34156
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 115.

Price: £ 1000£ 600

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