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Ortelius - Map of Germany

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| GER:|MANI:|AE TY:|PVS. | "Per Franciscum Hogenbergium concinnatus | Anno partæ salutis MDLXXVI | Vbiorum Coloniæ.| Cum Gratia et Priuilegio."[
A Map of Deutschland, Germany, compiled by Franciscus Hogenberg, in the year 1576 from Cologne of the Ubii].
(Cartouche bottom right corner:) Magnifico, Nobili, ac Præcellentj viro ac Do:|mino, D. Constantino a Lijskirchen, florentis:|simæ Agrippinensis Reipub. Consuli Seni:|ori, Franciscus Hogenbergius nuncupat. [Dedicated] to the magnificent, noble and very excellent man and lord D. Constantinus of Lijskirchen, Senior Councillor of the most flourishing Cologne republic, by Franciscus Hogenberg].

Plate size: 381 x 490 mm
Scale: 1 : 3,000,000
Reference: Ort 57.1 =  first state before the stippling behind 'Oceanus...)
(Koeman/Meurer: 147, not in Karrow, van der Krogt AN: 2000:31B).

Occurrence in Theatrum editions from 1602 untill 1609
Approximate number of copies printed: 1775.
Here in first state: 57.1 as described.
The original plate, engraved in 1576 by F. Hogenberg, was acquired by Vrients and with some small alternations used for his editions of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum since 1603.
(57.2: in 1606 ->the sea behind "OCEANVS GER|MANICVS" received stippling.)
(57.3: after 1612 ->, we find below the cartouche and above the privilege "Theodorus Galle excudit Antuerpiæ", with Spanish text on verso)

Cartographic sources: Frans Hogenberg (1538-1590), who engraved many of the plates for the Theatrum, produced in 1576 a single sheet map of Germany which was published in Cologne. Possibly, some Theatrum copies earlier than 1603 also contain this map (Meurer p. 169-170).
References: P.H. Meurer: "Abraham Ortelius' Concept and Map of 'Germania'", p. 263-270 in M. van den Broecke, P. van der Krogt and P.H. Meurer (eds) "Abraham Ortelius and the First Atlas", HES Publishers, 1998.

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SKU xxmam52
Picture Size 38,10 x 49 cm
Specification Map
technic Engraving
Artist Abraham Ortelius
period 16th Century
School Flemish
subject Other
rating ****

Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598)

Abraham OrteliusFlemish geographer and cartographer, born in Antwerp on April 14, 1527. He studied Greek, Latin and mathematics in Antwerp and worked as a map and book dealer. He also spent time with cartography and published the first world atlas, "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum", which was probably the first collection of maps in the shape of a book, 20 years before Mercator published his world atlas.

 In its time, "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" was so successful, that it had to be re-printed 4 times in the first year of its publishing alone. Between 1570 and 1612 the atlas was published in 42 editions and the 7 languages Latin, German, Flemish, French, Spanish, English and Italian. It proved to be an enormous success for Abraham Ortelius and his beneficiaries.

Abraham Ortelius was the first cartographer, who named the sources of his maps by mentioning the cartographers. Any subsequent editions after 1598 were published by Jan Baptiste Vrients, who purchased the rights after the death of Abraham Ortelius and his beneficiaries. Abraham Ortelius also produced a collection of place names "Thesaurus Geographicus", which is of similar importance. Abraham Ortelius died in 1598.

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