Ortelius Atlas - Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Ortelius Atlas - Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Amberes (Belgium) — 1612–1624

170 gorgeously colored and geographically correct maps

  1. This massive atlas was written, expanded, and continuously republished between 1570 and 1624

  2. The Baroque manuscript contains 170 gorgeously colored and geographically correct maps

  3. Ortelius described the typical trade, eating habits, and the politics of a given country

Ortelius Atlas - Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

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Ortelius Atlas - Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

The Ortelius Atlas, or the Theatrum orbis Terrarum, was written, expanded, and continuously republished between 1570 and 1624. What one finds here is a map series by the Flemish geographer Abraham Ortelius. Alongside true-to-scale maps, the manuscript contains assembled information about the lands depicted and is illuminated with charming images.

Ortelius Atlas

The Atlas 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 of the world. The Baroque style illuminated manuscript contains 170 gorgeously colored and geographically correct maps of the then-known regions of the world. 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 newly printed 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.

Charming Pictorial Adornment

The Ortelius Atlas contains not only the most accurate geographical information about the lands of the world that were known to its maker. The precious codex concerns itself with the national history of the respective regions depicted. Ortelius described trades typical to those countries, typical eating habits, trade, and the politics of a land – no other work can measure up to the comprehensive informational content of this book. Additionally, the pages of the atlas show breath-taking representations of mountain landscapes, of broad meadows and fields, of sparsely-populated forest regions, and of great castles and palaces. The Ortelius Atlas was an all-around successful manuscript that no library should miss.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Abraham Ortelius: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Ortelius-Atlas
Size / Format
672 pages / 44.0 × 24.0 cm
Origin
Belgium
Date
1612–1624
Style
Illustrations
170 maps, almost all on double pages
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Ortelius Atlas - Theatrum Orbis Terrarum – BG/52039 – Universidad de Salamanca (Salamanca, Spain)
CM Editores – Salamanca, 2014
Limited Edition: 375 copies
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Ortelius Atlas - Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Author Portrait

Renaissance Humanism elevated knowledge, creativity, and the human spirit as being quasi-divine. One of the signs of this is that medieval patron portraits showing who the work was dedicated to gradually gave way to portraits of the authors themselves. This splendidly-colored woodcut shows the Dutch cartographer Abraham Ortelius in profile and dressed in the Spanish style with a close-cropped beard, ruffled collar, coat with embellished sleeves, and a sumptuous fur.

Atlas de Abraham Ortelius -Theatrum orbis Terrarum
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Ortelius-Atlas - Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

REGNI HISPANIAE…

This depiction of the Kingdom of Spain at the turn of the 17th century is truly remarkable. It is a work of cartography that accurately represents both political boundaries and geography. Aside from approaching the accuracy of a modern map, it is a fine work of art that lovingly depicts cities, mountain ranges, sailing ships, and sea monsters both real and mythical.

Aside from depicting Spain’s borders, her rivers, and most important settlements, this map is a window into European politics during this period, when its position as the leading power in Europe was being supplanted by France, just across the Pyrenees Mountains to the North. As a leading center of cartography, Spain’s geography was one of the first to be accurately mapped.

Atlas de Abraham Ortelius -Theatrum orbis Terrarum
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CM Editores – Salamanca, 2014
Ortelius Atlas - Theatrum Orbis Terrarum – BG/52039 – Universidad de Salamanca (Salamanca, Spain)
Ortelius Atlas - Theatrum Orbis Terrarum – BG/52039 – Universidad de Salamanca (Salamanca, Spain) Copyright Photos: Ziereis Facsimiles

Publisher: CM Editores – Salamanca, 2014
Limited Edition: 375 copies
Binding: Embossed brown leather, protected by a slipcase
Commentary: 1 volume
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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