C1581

Insularum aliquot maris Mediterranei descriptio.

Famous map of the Mediterranean islands of Sicily, Corsica, Sardinia, Elba, Malta, Corfu and Djerba, by Abraham Ortelius from the first French edition of Theatrum orbus terrarum. This edition is identified by the text on the verso; plate number 69 … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Insularum aliquot maris Mediterranei descriptio.

Date:

C1581

Condition:

In good condition, with wide margins, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

475mm 
x 358mm

Paper Size: 

570mm 
x 428mm
AUTHENTICITY
Insularum aliquot maris Mediterranei descriptio. - Antique Map from 1581

Genuine antique
dated:

1581

Description:

Famous map of the Mediterranean islands of Sicily, Corsica, Sardinia, Elba, Malta, Corfu and Djerba, by Abraham Ortelius from the first French edition of Theatrum orbus terrarum.

This edition is identified by the text on the verso; plate number 69 at lower right, last line, left aligned: che,que de n’auoir esté vaincuz de luy, order of islands texts: Sicily, Sardegne, Corfv, Zerbi, Elba, Malta.).

The Tunisian island of Zerbi, now Djerba,was once known as the land of the Lotus eaters.

From Ortelius, A. Theatrum orbus terrarum, Antwerp.

 

References:
Koeman, C. Atlantes Neerlandici. Amsterdam 1967. Volumes I-V: Ort, 39.
van der Krogt, P. Globi Neerlandici: The Production of Globes in the Low Countries. Amsterdam 1993: 3 - 7000:.
Van Den Broecke, M. P. R. Ortelius Atlas Maps.1996 Netherlands.: 141, p.189-190 1581F69.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 3419776 (1601 edition)

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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