Title/Content of Map: Fori Iulii Accurata Descriptio 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 northern tip of the Adriatic, from Venice to Fiadona. Title: FORI IV:|LII ACCV:|RATA DE:|SCRIPTIO. [An accurate depiction of Friuli] "Cum Priuilegio". [With privilege] (top right:) Ex Biblio:|theca Nobi:|lis et docti:|ssimi Ioan:|nis Sambu:|ci, Impera:|toriæ Mats.|Historici.|1573. [From the library of the noble and very learned Iohannes Sambucus, foremost among mathematicians and historians .1573]. (Top left:) "Valle doue | su fatto | quel straggio". [Valley where a battle was fought.] (Bottom left:) "Liuenza flu. | olim LIQVEN:|TIA, Forum Iulij | à Marchia Treuisa|na separat". [The river Livenza, once called Liquentia, which separates Forum Iulii from Marcha Trevisa.] (Middle top:) "Trauiso, luogo di paßo, | doue si paga la muda | al Re de Romani". [Traviso, location of a mountain pass, where toll is paid to the king of the Germans.] (Centre right:) "Hic argentum vi:|vum effoditur". [Here quicksilver is mined.] (Middle right:) "Clana, confin de la Cor:|uatia, et qui finisce il | confin de la Iapidia" [Clana, border of Corvatia, which forms the ultimate part of Iapidia]. (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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