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Austriae Ducatus Chorographia

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Austriae Ducatus Chorographia : A. Ortelius

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From Ortelius' magnificent atlas, the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum", this is an early and attractive map of Austria. 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 - in this instance Latin text. This example, has expert reinforcement to weak paper areas but, with attractive full original colour remains a desirable and important map. Based on one by Wolfgang Lazius, this is one of the earliest available of the country, and was the first version, of two used in Ortelius' atlas.
mapmaker: A. Ortelius  
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1570 - 1584
medium and colour: copperplate, Original colour
size in mm: 450 by 576mm (17.75 by 22.75 inches).
ref: 44159
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 106.

Price: £ 400

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