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Poloniae Finitarumque Locorum Descriptio ...

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Poloniae Finitarumque Locorum Descriptio ... : A. Ortelius

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Ortelius' first atlas map of Poland. 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. This edition has text in Latin, and the availability at that time of editions in different languages testifies to the popularity and esteem attributed to the work. Here, as so often, Ortelius credits the source of his work. This map was based on Wenceslaus Grodecki's maps of 1558 and 1562. It was replaced in the Theatrum series in 1595 by a map of Poland with Lithuania. Following the death of their father, Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) and his sisters became map illuminators or colourists; indeed, Ortelius dabbled in buying and selling general antiques. From 1558 onwards, he is recorded as purchasing multiple copies of maps in order to colour them, but also began building up a large personal collection. From about 1560, possibly as a result of his friendship with Mercator, he began his great work, the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum". Having already become one of the greatest cartographic bibliographers of the period, Ortelius was able to prepare 53 map sheets based on the most up-to-date information, which were engraved by Frans Hogenberg and first published in 1570. Slight repair to centre fold.
mapmaker: A. Ortelius  
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1570-1573
medium and colour: copperplate, coloured
size in mm: 365 by 490mm (14.25 by 19.25 inches).
ref: 42195
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 154.

Price: £ 800£ 480

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