Title/Content of Map: Indiae Orientalis Insularum Que Adiacientium TypusDate Printed: 1588Cartographer: Abraham OrteliusMaterial/Medium: No color, strong impression. Spanish text on verso. From the first modern atlas- the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius.Size: 16 x 21 inches
300 copies printed originally. Very few loose copies remaining. A copy of this map sold afor $2,585 at Chrisite’s in 2001 and $2,500 at Old World Auctions in 2012. More background: India and Southeast Asia, including Japan, China, Siam, Java, Borneo, New Guinea, South Pacific islands, and even parts of America. Title: INDIAE | ORIENTALIS, | INSVLARVMQVE | ADIACENTI:|VM TY:|PVS. [A map of the East Indies and surrounding islands]. (Bottom right:) "Cum Priuilegio." [With privilege]. [On banner near Moluccas:] "Insulæ Moluccæ ob maximam | aromatum copiam, quam per | totum terrarû orbem trans|ferunt, 5.sunt, iuxta Gilolo | nempe, Tarenate, Tidore, | Motir, Machia et Bachia." [Of the famous Moluccas islands there are next to Gilolo five, exporting all over the world a great abundance of fragrant spices, namely Tarenate, Tidore, Motir, Machia and Bachia.] (Bottom right:) "NOVA GVINEA | quam Andreas Corsalis Ter:|ram Piccinaculi appellare vi:|detur. An insula sit, an pars | continentis Australis incer:|tum est". [New Guinea, which seems to be called Piccinaculusland by Andreas Corsalis. Whether this is an island or part of the South Land is uncertain.] (Text top left, around coat of arms:) "PERSIAE | siue So:phorum Im:|perij li:mites ad In:|dum flu:uium vsque | pertin:gunt". [The borders of Persia, or the empire of the Sophies, extend all the way to the river Indus]. (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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