Title/Content of Map: Ordines Sacri Romani Imp Date Printed: 1609/1612Cartographer: Abraham OrteliusMaterial/Medium: No color. Latin text on verso. From the first modern atlas- the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius.Size: 16 x 20.5 inches each. 20.5 x 32 inches overall.
600 copies printed originally. Very few loose copies remaining. Matched pairs are rare and start selling with dealers at around $1,500. More background: Two page map of a group of the Electors of the Holy Roman Empire, originally engraved by master engraver Antonie Wierix, for Gerard De Jode in 1593, and later re-issued by Ortelius. The engraving depicts the nobles entitled to choose German Emperors, as instituted to end the turmoil and quarreling that occurred after the death of Charles the Great, by Otto IV and the Pope. This plate shows left of the Emperor, the highest ranking officials, three ecclesiastical, and four lay dignitaries. The second rank consists of four dukes and four marquesses, the third of 8 earls, etc. Title: ORDINES SACRI ROMANI IMP: AB OTTONE III INSTITVTI [The ranks of the Holy Roman Empire, as established by Otto the Third].
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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