Title/Content of Map: Persici Sive Sophorum Regni TypusDate Printed: 1609Cartographer: Abraham OrteliusMaterial/Medium: No color. Spanish text on verso. From the first modern atlas- the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius.Size: 16 x 21 inches
325 copies printed originally. Very few loose copies remaining. Copies of this map start at $400 from dealers. More background: Map of Persia/Iran and Asia Minor. Title: PERVSINI | "agri; exactissima no:|vissimaque descriptio: | auctore | Egnatio Dante". [A very exact and recent representation of the fields of Perugia by Egnatio Dante]. (Top right :) "Cum priuilegio Imperatoris, Regis, | & cancellariæ Brabantiæ, ad | decennium | 1584". [With an imperial, royal and Brabant council privilege for ten years 1584]. (Blank cartouche at upper left.) In lake: TRASVMENVS LACVS | "qui" | PLESTINA | "ab Appiano dicitur in An:|:nibalicis". [Lake Trasumenus, once called Plestina by Appianus in his Annibalicis]. (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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