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Basiliensis Territorii Descriptio Nova

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Basiliensis Territorii Descriptio Nova : A. Ortelius

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From Ortelius' magnificent atlas, the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum", this is an early and attractive map of the area around Basle. 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, often very decorative and generally found with text on the reverse - Latin on this example. A restored example of this map, originally published with another adjacent map and now with protective margin to the right expertly restored, and with strong and attractive original colour.
mapmaker: A. Ortelius  
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1573 - 1595
medium and colour: copperplate, Original colour
size in mm: 320 by 250mm (12.5 by 9.75 inches).
ref: 43138
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 114.

Price: £ 260

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