Title/Content of Map: Cypri Insula Date Printed: 1588Cartographer: Abraham OrteliusMaterial/Medium: Excellent hand color, good impression. Spanish text on verso. From the first modern atlas- the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius.Size: 16.5 x 22 inches
300 copies printed originally. Very few loose copies remaining. Old World Auctions shows a copy of similar quality selling for $1,700 in 2012, and most available copies of similar condition for sale are being offered at over $1,400. More background: Ortelius’ map of Cyprus (and Lemnos). Title: CYPRI | INSVLAE | NOVA DE:|SCRIPT. | "1573". [A new representation of the isle of Cyprus. 1573.] (Inset 75 x 100 mm, oval shape, scale 1 : 400,000:) LEMNOS INSVLAE | "descriptionem ex Petri Bellonij | libro de Auibus, hoc in loco | tanquam parergon adiecimus". [A map representing the isle of Lemnos from the book about birds by Peter Bellonius, which we have added in this place as an additional work]. (Bottom right:) "Ex monte Vulcani | terra quam vocant | Lemniam omnis effoditur". [From Vulcan's Mount, they all mine earth which they call Lemnia. [aluminous earth, used as a medecin]]. "Ioannes a Deutecum f. Cum Priuilegio." [Engraved by Iohannes van Deutecom. With 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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