Title/Content of Map: Burgundiae Inferioris Que Ducatus Nomine Censetur Des.Date Printed: 1588Cartographer: 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
300 copies printed originally. Very few loose copies remaining. More background: Map of the Burgundy region of France. Title: BVRGVN:|DIAE IN:|FERIORIS, | QVÆ DVCA:|TVS NOMI:|NE CENSE:| TVR, DES. | 1584. [A representation of lower Burgundy, regarded as a duchy. 1584]. (Cartouche bottom left:) "CVM PRIUILEGIO IM:|PERIALI ET BELGICO | AD DECENNIVM" [With an imperial and Belgian privilege for ten years]. (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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