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Zelandicarum Insularum Exactissima Et Nova Descriptio

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Zelandicarum Insularum Exactissima Et Nova Descriptio : A. Ortelius

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Decorative embellishments on Ortelius' map of Zeeland include sailing ships and Neptune astride a sea monster at upper left, as well as the title cartouche at lower right. Ortelius had used Jacob van Deventer's province map of Zeeland, that was first published in 1547, as his source for this map. The map was published in editions of 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 so that later editions contained up to 163 map sheets. The maps themselves are finely engraved, often very decorative and are generally found with text on the reverse, here in Latin.
mapmaker: A. Ortelius  
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1570-1573
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 340 by 460mm (13.5 by 18 inches).
ref: 42200
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 78.

Price: £ 650

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