Map of Spain - Abraham Ortelius

Map of Spain - Abraham Ortelius Facsimile Edition

Antwerp (Belgium) — 1598

Spain's mountains, coasts, and rivers in all the splendor of the Renaissance: the accuracy and craftsmanship of Abraham Ortelius' masterpiece of cartography

  1. Abraham Ortelius (1527–98) created the first modern atlas, which appeared in several editions between 1570 and 1598

  2. Spain’s mountains, coastlines, and rivers are presented here with an incredible degree of accuracy

  3. Ortelius lists both ancient and modern place names, as well as sources he used going back to Ptolemy (ca. 100 – ca. 170)

Map of Spain - Abraham Ortelius

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Map of Spain - Abraham Ortelius

Among the figures in the early history of cartography, few names loom larger than Abraham Ortelius, creator of the first modern atlas. The map of Spain is one of the finest specimens from this famous compendium of maps and is as artful as it is accurate. It corresponds to the 1598 edition that was printed shortly after Ortelius passed away. The mountains, coastlines, and rivers of the Iberian Peninsula are depicted in detail while both the ancient and contemporary names of hundreds of cities and towns are listed. Ortelius also cites the sources that were used in creating the map going back to the ancient Greek geographer Ptolemy. This map is a testament to the degree of precision that was accomplished by European cartography during the 16th century.

Map of Spain - Abraham Ortelius

Abraham Ortelius (1527-98) is one of the most famous and important figures in the history of geography and cartography and is most remembered for creating the first modern atlas, the Theatrum orbis terrarum, which first appeared in 1570 as a commission of the merchant Gillis Hooftman van Eyckelberg (1521-81) with a final edition published posthumously in 1598. The section regarding Spain begins with a description in neatly printed in a Roman typeface that gives a succinct geographical description with both the ancient and modern names of cities and towns across the Iberian Peninsula. Mountains, coastlines, and rivers are presented with an incredible degree of accuracy in the large, double-page map. Ortelius also lists the sources he used in creating this detailed, highly accurate map going all the way back to Ptolemy (ca. 100 – ca. 170). Thus, this is a work of cartography that is distinguished both by its accuracy and its artistry – a worthy start to the Golden Age of Netherlandish Cartography!

A Titan of Cartography

Abraham Ortelius was born in the Brabant region of the Habsburg Netherlands to a family who had previously moved there from Augsburg after coming under suspicion of being secret Protestants. His personal knowledge of European geography was rooted in his extensive travels across the Low Countries, Germany, France, Italy, England, and Ireland. Ortelius began his career as a map-engraver and joined the Antwerp Guild of Saint Luke as a cartographic illuminator in 1547. He was also active as a bookseller who regularly attended the now-world famous Frankfurt Book Fair when it was in its infancy. It was there that he met Gerardus Mercator in 1554 and the two of them would go on to collaborate on what would become the world’s first modern atlas, which marks the beginning of the Golden Age of Netherlandish cartography. This incredibly detailed and finely executed map is merely a taste of the magnificence that is the Theatrum orbis terrarum

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Alternative Titles
Hispania, Abraham Ortelius, Amberes, 1598
Karte von Spanien - Abraham Ortelius
Origin
Belgium
Date
1598
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Available facsimile editions:
Map of Spain - Abraham Ortelius  – Private Collection Facsimile Edition
Circulo Cientifico – Madrid, 2008
Limited Edition: 999 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Hispania, Abraham Ortelius, Amberes, 1598

Circulo Cientifico – Madrid, 2008

Publisher: Circulo Cientifico – Madrid, 2008
Limited Edition: 999 copies
Commentary: 1 volume by José M. Sanz Hermida
Language: Spanish
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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