Title/Content of Map: FlandriaDate 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. A copy of this map sold at Old World Auctions for $550 in 2014. More background: Map of Flanders. Title: FLANDRIA (Lower left near edge oval shape:) "Gerardus Mercator | Rupelmundanus | Describebat." [Flanders, which Gerardus Mercator from Rupelmonde has depicted] (Below figure:) "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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