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Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio

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Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio : A. Ortelius

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The final version of Ortelius' famous and magnificent map of the Americas, with a corrected rendering of South America's coast. The map appeared in editions of the monumental "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" from 1587 onwards. Cartographic development continues in the map with the appearance of the Solomon Islands and the addition of new place names in the newly settled east coast of North America. An array of sailing vessels in each ocean, distinctive architectural and rococo embellishments, along with Ortelius' imprint, all complement this important map. Ortelius' atlas had 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 many more map sheets. The maps themselves are finely engraved, often very decorative and are generally found with text on the reverse - this is an Italian text example of 1612. A very attractive example.
mapmaker: A. Ortelius  
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1587-1612
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 385 by 485mm (15.25 by 19 inches).
ref: 34660
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 11.

Price: £ 4500

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