Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius, facsimile

by Abraham Ortelius

The basic reference work with booklet


Ortelius’ Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Full title: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1570

Facsimile edition: Lausanne, Editions Sequoia, 1964

Unpaged, leatherette hardback

Dimensions of the facsimile: 43 x 31 x 6 cm

Condition: A

Weight 3,3 kg. Because of the weight special transport conditions have to be agreed. The general pricing on costs  (mentioned below) is not applicable

Original text: Latin

Booklet: French

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Ortelius and the 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.

Abraham Ortelius, a Flemish geographer and cartographer, 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 Gilles Hooftman, an Antwerp merchant, banker, and ship-owner.

It was published between 1570 and 1624 in seven 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 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 Renaissance.



Facsimile with booklet

This is a luxury facsimile edition of this famous atlas (perhaps the most beautiful atlas ever made). High quality printing on extra heavy paper. Sheet binding with adhesive strip, issued as original, which means that the maps are printed as a whole, without seam.

Prof. Koeman wrote a 64-page booklet in French with the following chapters:

I Introduction, page 7

II Biographie d’Abraham Ortelius 1527-1598, page 11

III La cartographie en Europe de 1510 à 1570, page 23

IV La première édition du Theatrum Orbis Terrarum en 1570, page 27

V Louanges et critiques, page 37

VI Édition du Theatrum après 1570, page 42

VII La cartographie dans la seconde moitié du XVIe siècle d’après les cartes de la première édition du Theatrum, page 53

Épilogue et bibliographie, page 64

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