Title/Content of Map: Austriae Ducatus Chorographia Date Printed: 1584Cartographer: Abraham OrteliusMaterial/Medium: No color, good impression, thin paper. Latin text on verso. From the first modern atlas- the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius.Size: 16.5 x 21 inches
750 copies printed originally. Few loose copies remaining. Copies of this map from dealers typically start at about $300. More background: Ortelius’ map of Austria. Title: AVSTRIAE | DVCATVS CHORO:|GRAPHIA, WOLF|GANGO LAZIO | AVCTORE. [A map of the Duchy of Austria by Wolfgang Lazius.] (Lower left:) "Cum priuilegio." [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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