Title/Content of Map: Senensis Ditionis, Corsica, Marcha Aconae Date Printed: 1575Cartographer: Abraham OrteliusMaterial/Medium: Hand color, strong impression, thick papr. Latin text on verso. From the first modern atlas- the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius.Size: 17 x 21 inches
100 copies printed originally. Exceptionally few loose copies remaining of this particular issue. More background: Map of Corsica, part of Tuscany and the Tuscan Sea (Siena, etc.) and the Ancona region. Title: "SENEN:|SIS DITIO:|NIS, ACCV:|RATA DE:|SCRIP". [An accurate depiction of the area of Siena]. (In upper right cartouche:) "Cum Priuilegio." [with privilege]. (Text block bottom right:) "Ad Montem Argentarium olim thunnorum | captura fuit, teste Strabone; et etiamnum | hodie hic maxima copia piscantur Memin:|it huius montis Rutilius Claudius Numa:|tianus in suo Itinerario." [In the sea near Mount Argentarium tuna fish has once been caught, according to Strabo. And even nowadays, enormous amounts of fish are caught near this mountain, says Rutilius Claudius Numatianus in his Itinerary]. - CORSICA [Corsica] - MARCHA ANCONAE, | OLIM PICENVM 1572. [The region of Ancona, once called Piceni 1572]. (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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