Title/Content of Map: Brabantiae Germaniae InferiorisDate Printed: 1579Cartographer: Abraham OrteliusMaterial/Medium: No color, strong impression. Latin text on verso. From the first modern atlas- the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius.Size: 16.5 x 21.5 inches
100 copies originally printed. Execptionally few loose copies remaining. More background: Ortelius’ map of Brabant, including his home town of Antwerp . Title: BRABAN:|TIÆ, GER:|MANIAE | INFERIO:|RIS NOBI:|LISSIMÆ | PROVIN:|CIÆ DE:|SCRIPTIO. "Jacobo à Daventria | auct". [A representation of Brabant, a most noble province of Lower Germany, made by Jacob van Deventer]. (Bottom, left of centre:) "Cum priuilegio." [With privilege]. (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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