Title/Content of Map: CaletensiumDate Printed: 1574Cartographer: Abraham OrteliusMaterial/Medium: Hand color, thick paper. Latin text on verso. From the first modern atlas- the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius.Size: 16.5 x 21.5 inches
100 copies printed originally. Exceptionally few loose copies remaining. More background: Two maps on one sheet. Left map, entitled Caletensium, depicts the French and Belgian coastline from Estables to Calais. The right map, entitled Veromandorum, depicts the immediate vicinity of Saint-Quentin in northern France. Title: CALE:|TENSIVM | ET BONONI:|ENSIVM DITI:|ONIS ACCVRA:|TA DELINE|ATIO [An accurate representation of the area of Calais and Boulogne] "Cum priuilegio" [With privilege] (lower right:) "Descripta & | edita a Nico:|lao Nicolai Delphinate | Parisijs 1558". [Drawn up and edited by Nicolaus Nicolai Delphinatis from Paris 1558] [middle left] "Toutte la fosse de Boullonnois a de | circuit de 26. lieues". [The entire Boulogne stream has a circumference of 26 miles.] - VEROMANDV:|ORVM EORVM | QVE CONFINI:|VM EXACTISSI:|MA DESCRIPTI:|O. "Iohanne Surho:|nio Auctore". [A most exact representation of Vermandois and its borders by Iohannes Surhonius]. (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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