Ortelius Atlas

Ortelius Atlas

Antwerp (Belgium) — 1595

Published in 42 editions in 7 languages: the cornerstone of cartography with maps by Franz Hogenberg

  1. This is one of the last and most comprehensive editions of the world atlas by Abraham Ortelius (1527–98)

  2. The cornerstone of cartography was published between 1570 and 1612 in 42 editions and in 7 languages

  3. Frans Hogenberg (1535–90) inter alia designed the 147 gorgeously colored maps and geographic tables

Ortelius Atlas

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Ortelius Atlas

The Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius is a world atlas, which appeared in numerous, various editions between 1570 and 1598. The 1595 Edition is one of the latest and most comprehensive editions of the work. It is found today in the Istituto Geografico Militare in Florence.

Ortelius Atlas (1595)

The atlas created by Abraham Ortelius is a work which united all of the cartographical findings of the 16th century. It is considered to be first modern and first commercially successful atlas in the world. The Baroque style illuminated manuscript has been numerously reworked and republished. The 1595 Edition of the manuscript is one of the latest editions and contains 147 gorgeous colored tables with information about the regions of the world known at that time. Alongside maps and cartographical information, the precious work is adorned with delightful representations of landscapes and architecture.

The Formation of the Map Series

Abraham Ortelius was a Flemish geographer and cartographer. He composed some of the most influential map series of the Middle Ages. His atlas represents the crowning of his most important work. The Ortelius Atlas was funded by Gillis Hooftman, an Antwerp merchant, banker, and ship-owner. It was published between 1570 and 1612 in 42 editions and in 7 languages: Latin, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, English, and Italian. In contrast to his colleagues, Ortelius clearly referenced the sources of his maps and texts. He thereby referred to texts that no longer exist today or are only accessed with great difficultly. After the first edition of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Ortelius reworked and expanded his atlas at regular intervals and reprinted it in various forms until his death in 1598. With this atlas, one is dealing with probably the clearest and most accurate map series of the Late Middle Ages.

The 1595 Edition

Between 1570 and 1641, over 40 editions of the Ortelius Atlas emerged, as well as five extensions, so-called Addimenta, of the inventory of maps. The 1595 Edition was printed in Belgian Antwerp and is found today in the Istituto Geografico Militare in Florence. With this late edition, Ortelius completed a formally unified, aesthetically high-quality, and easily readable map program in book format shortly before his death in 1598. Famous artists of the Middle Ages worked on this project, among them the famous German book artist Frans Hogenberg.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Abraham Ortelius: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum 1595
Ortelius-Atlas
Size / Format
656 pages / 45.3 × 29.5 cm
Origin
Belgium
Date
1595
Language
Illustrations
147 tables
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Ortelius Atlas – Istituto Geografico Militare (Florence, Italy)
CM Editores – Salamanca, 2011
Limited Edition: 998 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Atlas de Abraham Ortelius "Theatrum orbis Terrarum" (1595)

CM Editores – Salamanca, 2011

Publisher: CM Editores – Salamanca, 2011
Limited Edition: 998 copies
Binding: Hardbound, with slipcase
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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