Title/Content of Map: Lorraine - Lotharingiae Date Printed: 1592Cartographer: Abraham OrteliusMaterial/Medium: No color (save two tiny areas of red strapwork coloring on left margin), 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 Lorraine, France. Title: Lorraine. | LOTHARIN:|GIAE NOVA | DESCRIPTIO. 1587. [A new representation of Lotharingia, Lorraine 1587] (Cartouche bottom right corner:) "Cum Priuilegio decennali" [With a privilege for ten years] (Below cartouche:) "Ab. Ortelius excudebat." [Published by Abraham Ortelius]. (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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