C1601
 (1624)

Erythraei Siue Rubri Maris Periplus, Oilm ab Arriano Descritus, Nunc Vero ab Abrah, Ortelio ex Eodem Delineatus.

Famous map showing the Indian Ocean as it was known in ancient times by Abraham Ortelius. The map extends from Africa to the East Indies, published in Ortelius’s Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. The European desire for a sea route to the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Erythraei Siue Rubri Maris Periplus, Oilm ab Arriano Descritus, Nunc Vero ab Abrah, Ortelio ex Eodem Delineatus.

Date:

C1601
 (1624)

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

465mm 
x 360mm

Paper Size: 

530mm 
x 420mm
AUTHENTICITY
Erythraei Siue Rubri Maris Periplus, Oilm ab Arriano Descritus, Nunc Vero ab Abrah, Ortelio ex Eodem Delineatus. - Antique Map from 1601

Genuine antique
dated:

1624

Description:

Famous map showing the Indian Ocean as it was known in ancient times by Abraham Ortelius. The map extends from Africa to the East Indies, published in Ortelius’s Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.

The European desire for a sea route to the Indies in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance coincided with a newly available text titled Geographia by Claudius Ptolemy, a scientist from Alexandria. Ptolemy’s influential work, completed circa 150 AD, introduced the concepts of a landlocked Indian Ocean and a southern land named Terra Australis Incognita, which was believed to exist in order to act as a counter weight to the known lands of the Northern Hemisphere. Ptolemy also gave precise coordinates for some 8000 places, many of which were to confound mapmakers for years to come.

The inset map in the top left corner depicts the northwest coast of Africa, an area which was first explored by Hanno the Navigator, King of Carthage, who had sailed along the west coast of Africa to reach the Arabian sea. In the top right corner, another inset map named ‘Hyper Borei’, has been added, as Ortelius wrote, ‘for better beautifying or proportioning of this map’ and to remind the reader that despite all attempts, a passage to the far East via the North Pole had not yet been discovered by the English or the Dutch. The inset map lower centre illustrates ‘The wandering of Ulysses.’

References:
Van Den Broecke, M. P. R. Ortelius Atlas Maps.1996 Netherlands.: 225.

Abraham Ortelius (1527 - 1598)

Ortelius was a Flemish cartographer, map seller and publisher. Ortelius was a leading cartographer who published the first modern atlas in 1570, Theatrum orbis terrarum in which each map was presented on a separate sheet. He initially trained as an engraver in 1547 and as an illuminator of maps. Influenced by Gerard Mercator he published his first map in 1564 and soon after published his famous atlas that changed the way maps were sold and published.

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