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Lot 0032
  • Title/Content of Map: Cyprus Insula, Candia Olim Creta
  • Date Printed: 1579
  • Cartographer: Abraham Ortelius
  • Material/Medium: No color, good impression. Latin text on verso. From the first modern atlas- the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius.
  • Size: 17 x 21 inches

    250 copies printed originally. Very few loose copies remaining of this particular issue. Copies of this map start at $1,000 from dealers. More background: Ortelius’ first map of Cyprus and Crete. Title: CYPRVS INSVLA [The isle of Cyprus] (Lower left:) "C. Biancho, olim | Phnurium Prom. | ex quo solent præcipitari qui | Apollinis aram contigerant". [Cape Biancho once called the promontory of Phrurium, from which those were used to throw themselves down who were concerned with the altar of Apollo.] - CANDIA, OLIM CRETA [Candia, once called Crete]. (Lower left:) "Gozo, olim Claudia | Gaudos Melæ ad | quam D. Paulus | appulit Act. | 27". [Gozo, once called Gaudi of Mela, where St. Paul once landed, Acts 27.] (Lower left centre:) "Hoîes et iumenta hic | in cauernis sub terra | habitant". [Here human beings and beasts of burden live in subterranean caves]. (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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  • Location: This item ships from New York

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  • Condition

    Excellent condition, tiny covered wormhole along centerfold.

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    Ortelius Antique Map: Cyprus Insula, Candia Olim Creta

    Estimate $600 - $800
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