C1581

Italiae Novissima Descriptio Auctore Iacobo Castaldo Pedemontano

Famous map of Italy by Abraham Ortelius based on Giacomo Gastaldi’s information. This is the scarce 1581 variant French text edition, from the first state of the plate. In this first state of the plate Neptune is depicted facing a … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Italiae Novissima Descriptio Auctore Iacobo Castaldo Pedemontano

Date:

C1581

Condition:

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

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

510mm 
x 358mm

Paper Size: 

573mm 
x 432mm
AUTHENTICITY
Italiae Novissima Descriptio Auctore Iacobo Castaldo Pedemontano - Antique Map from 1581

Genuine antique
dated:

1581

Description:

Famous map of Italy by Abraham Ortelius based on Giacomo Gastaldi’s information. This is the scarce 1581 variant French text edition, from the first state of the plate.

In this first state of the plate Neptune is depicted facing a female mermaid and the word ‘Servia‘ is printed at top right, (in the second state: Neptune is shown side by side with the mermaid and the word “Servia” has been removed.) This variant edition is identified by the cursive script on the verso, with the last line left aligned: “voir,qu’il lise ce que Leandre Albert en a escrit,qui en a fait une description tresdiligente.” and the small page number 58.

Beautifully decorated with an elaborate strap work title at top right and a scale at bottom right. The seas are richly embellished with a large cartouche of Neptune and mermaid and numerous ships and boats.

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:.
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Van Den Broecke, M. P. R. Ortelius Atlas Maps.1996 Netherlands.: 117, P.164.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 3354392 (1609 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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