Zeeland, Ortelius

by Abraham Ortelius

Top left a sea monster with Neptune, holding the weapons of Zeeland


Date of first edition: 1570

Date of this map: not clear 1606-1612 (Blonk and van der Wijst: 8th state); or 1601 or 1603 (van der Krogt)

Dimensions (not including margins):  34,3  x 46,7 cm

Dimensions (including margins): 45,7  58,3 cm

Condition: very good. Sharp copper engraving printed on strong paper. Centre fold is as published. Old colouring. Wide margins.

Condition rating: A+

Verso: text in Latin with page 46 (van der Krogt)

Map reference: Van der Krogt IIIB, 3600:31, van den Broecke, 78; Blonk-van der Wijst (Zeeland), 2

From: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum; van der Krogt IIIB, 31:251 or 31:054/055


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A success story

This map was very successful and published from 1570 to after 1612.

The map was continuously altered, since the waterfront changed rapidly. Ortelius published 9 states of Zeeland. This map is probably the 5th state, published in 1575.

Blonk and van der Wijst made a content analysis of the states of the Zeeland map. They state tate on the 8th state of 1606 ‘the fortresses of Fort J. Jorge, S. Philippe, Hasegat and Ysedyck were added. We notice these names at the bottom left on this map.

In the 9th state Blockhuys was replaced by Rammekens.

Since this modification has not been undertaken on this map, one may conclude that this map is of the 8th state.

NOTE: on the basis of the content analysis (see above), this Zeeland map is clearly one of the 8th state. However, the verso of the map mentions page 46. Van der Krogt mentions that page 46 (for this map) was only used in the Latin editions of 1601 and 1603.







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