Title/Content of Map: Turingiae, Misniae et Lusatiae Date 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 inches
100 copies printed originally. Exceptionally few loose copies remaining. More background: Left map depicts the regions of the Sala, Hel and Werra Rivers, from Hall, Merburg and Naumburg to Cruetzberg and Saltzungen, centered on Erfundt. The second map depicts the region centered on the Elbe and extendind from Lustatia to Prague to Luben to Gothen and Arnstadt, just south of the Sala. Title: TVRINGI:|AE NOVISS. | DESCRIPT.|per Iohannem | Mellinger Halens. [A very recent depiction of Thüringen by Johannes Mellinger of Halle] (Lower right:) "Cum Priuilegio" [With privilege] - MISNIAE | ET LVSATI:|AE TABVLA | "Descripta à M. Bartholemæo | Sculteto Gorlit". [A map of Meissen and Lausitz drawn by Bartholomeus Scultetus of Görlitz]. (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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