Title/Content of Map: Aegypti – Carthaginis - Natoliae Date Printed: 1592Cartographer: Abraham OrteliusMaterial/Medium: No color, strong impression, thick paper. Latin text on verso. From the first modern atlas- the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius.Size: 18 x 22 inches
525 copies printed originally. Few loose copies remaining. Copies available for sale on line start at about $400. More background: Egypt, Carthage, and Turkey/Asia Minor. Title: NATOLIAE, | QVAE OLIM | ASIA MIN:|OR NOVA DE:|SCRIPTIO. [A new representation of Natolia, once called Asia minor.] - AEGYPTI RE|CENTIOR DE|SCRIPTIO. [A recent representation of Egypt.] - CARTHAGINIS | CELEBERRIMI | SINVS TYPVS. | "Cum priuilegio." [A map of the bay of most famous Carthago, with privilege]. (Lower right corner:) "Tunes capta & in Christianorum | potestatem redacta est a Carolo | quinto Romanorum Imperatore | Anno a Christi nato M.D.XXXV". [Tunis has been taken and returned to Christian governance by Charles the Fifth, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in the year after the birth of Christ 1535]. (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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