Title/Content of Map: Palatinatus Bavariae Descriptio, Argentoratensis Agri 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 of this particular issue. More background: Two maps- one of the environs of Strasbourg after Daniel Specklin, and Oberpfalz in Bavaria after Reych.. Title: PALATINATVS BAVARIAE DESCRIPTIO, | ERHARDO REYCH TIROLENSE AVCTORE. [A depiction of the imperial area of Bavaria by Erhard Reych from Tirol] - ARGENTORATENSIS | AGRI DESCRIPTIO | "Ex | tabula | Danio:|lis Spe:|kel." [A depiction of the Strassbourg fields, from a map by Daniel Specklin]. (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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