Typus Orbis Terrarum ... 1587
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The third world map to have appeared in the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum", the first "modern atlas" by Abraham Ortelius. This plate was published in editions of the atlas from 1589 and shows a more correct outline shape for South America. Medallions have also been added to the four corners of the map and a strapwork design has been incorporated into the borders, replacing the clouds of the previous world maps. Ortelius' cartographic sources for the map, however, remain unchanged: Mercator's world map of 1569, Gastaldi's world map of 1561 and Gutierrez' portolan chart of the Atlantic. Geographical features include a vast "Terra Australis", a relatively accurate North America and an almost circular Japan - all relaying contemporary knowledge. Despite some centrefold reinforcement and negligible area of paper repair this is an attractive example with good hand colour.
region: World Maps
mapmaker: A. Ortelius
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1589-1592
medium and colour: copperplate, Colouredref: 44054
size in mm: 350 by 480mm (13.75 by 19 inches).
literature: Shirley, The Mapping Of The World, 158.
Price: £ 4600
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