Title/Content of Map: Gelriae, Cliviae, Finitimorumque Locorum Verissima DescriptioDate Printed: 1592Cartographer: Abraham OrteliusMaterial/Medium: No color, strong impression. Latin text on verso. From the first modern atlas- the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius.Size: 18 x 22 inches
525 copies originally printed. Few loose copies remaining. More background: Regional map of the Low Countries. Title: GELRIAE, CLIVIAE, FINI:|TIMORVMQVE LOCORVM | VERISSIMA DESCRIPTIO | "Christiano Schrot Auctore" [A very true representation of Gelderland, Cleve and bordering locations by Christian Schrot]. (bottom left corner:) "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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