Pomeraniae ... Typ. / Livoniae Descriptio / Ducatus Oswieczensis
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From the first systematic 'modern' atlas, the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" by Abraham Ortelius . The atlas in which this map appeared 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 atlas was frequently reprinted up to 1612, 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, are often very decorative and are generally found with text on the reverse. This is the only edition with English text to the verso. This sheet includes three maps: Pomerania, Livonia, and Oswiecim-Zator on the River Vistula. Each map is shown with its own title cartouche and is enclosed within its own decorative border. This relatively early edition of the map is in good condition. A fine opportunity to acquire this in-depth 'view' of these Baltic States.
region: Maps of Germany
mapmaker: A. Ortelius
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1573-1606
medium and colour: copperplate, Original colourref: 41335
size in mm: 450 by 576mm (17.75 by 22.75 inches).
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 158.
Price: £ 400£ 240
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