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

Map of Spain - Abraham Ortelius

Antwerp (Belgium) — 1598

Map of Spain - Abraham Ortelius

Map of Spain - Abraham Ortelius

Antwerp (Belgium) — 1598

  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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  • HISPANIA, Abraham Ortelius, Amberes, 1598
  • Karte von Spanien - Abraham Ortelius
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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.

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!

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Alternative Titles
HISPANIA, Abraham Ortelius, Amberes, 1598
Karte von Spanien - Abraham Ortelius
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1598
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Hispania, Abraham Ortelius, Amberes, 1598
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Hispania, Abraham Ortelius, Amberes, 1598

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
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Circulo Cientifico – Madrid, 2008
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999 copies
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1 volume by José M. Sanz Hermida
Language: Spanish
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