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Theatrum orbis terrarum

Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598

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  • The "Theater of the World" is considered the first true atlas. It was the first collection of maps to present cartographic and geographic information in a systematic way, with the maps drawn to be published together and complemented by text. Covering the known world, it was the most authoritative and successful cartographic work of the sixteenth and early seventeeth centuries.


  • Includes 54 map sheets with descriptive text on verso. For list of maps see Phillips.
  • Relief shown pictorially.
  • Engraved title page; epigram on title page verso has 16 lines.
  • Catalogus auctorum includes 91 names.
  • Includes map of Afrika (52A), apparently tipped in later.
  • On covers: Flowers with phrase "Non inferiora sed alta" and decorative border.
  • Includes "De Mona druidum insula" by H. Llwyd.
  • Possibly second imprint (Not 1st edition of May 20).
  • Professionally conserved ca. 1998.
  • Phillips, 374
  • Koeman, C. Atlantes Neerlandici, Ort 1
  • Similar imprint available through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.
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