Title/Content of Map: Andegavensium Ditionis Vera Et Integra Descriptio 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. More background: Regional map of France centered on the Loire River and Angiers.
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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