Title/Content of Map: IllyricumDate Printed: 1598Cartographer: Abraham OrteliusMaterial/Medium: Old hand color, strong impression, thin paper. German text on verso. From the first modern atlas- the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius.Size: 16 x 21 inches
350 copies printed originally. Very few loose copies remaining. More background: Representing a region in Northwest Yugoslavia Title: ILLYRICVM. (Cartouche in bottom right with 12 lines of text:) IOAN. SAMBVCVS | ORTELIO SVO S. | "Mitto hanc quoque tabellam qua | neceßaria confinia Pannoniæ de:|clarantur, fluuiorum & aliquot lo:|corum situs, Hirschvogelij recte | mutaui, Angelini autem studio | plurima adieci, et interualla cor:|rexi, vt parum quis si cum Hirsch:|vogelij hæc coniungat desiderarit, | si qui errores sint, dies certiora do:|cebit, Viennæ, Vale, 25 October 1572". [Ioannes Sambucus greets his friend Ortelius. I also send a modest representation in which the necessary boundaries of Pannonia are being described, as well as the location of rivers and some places. Those provided by Hirschvogel I have changed and to those of Angelinus I have added some, and I have corrected some distances so that, when they are compared to those of Hirschvogel, which contain some mistakes, he can get to know the truth with greater certainty. Vienna, farewell, October 25, 1572.; [NB This letter is not contained in Hessels 1887.] (Upper left:) "Cum Imperatoriæ et Regiæ | Maiestatis Priuilegio". [With an imperial and royal privilege]. ]. (From leading Ortelius scholar Marcel van den Broecke.)
Abraham Ortelius (1527 - 1598) was a Flemish cartographer & geographer, celebrated as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World). Ortelius' work, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, was the first uniformly sized, systematic collection of maps; this work can therefore be called the first atlas (although the term was not used until 20 years later by Mercator).
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