Title/Content of Map: TransilvaniaDate Printed: 1579Cartographer: Abraham OrteliusMaterial/Medium: No color. Latin text on verso. From the first modern atlas- the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius.Size: 17 x 21 inches
250 copies printed originally. Very few loose copies remaining of this particular issue. Good-quality copes of this map typically sell for $400+ at auction. More background: Map of the Transilvania region of Romania. Title: TRANSILVANIA (Cartouche bottom left:) HANC VLTRA VEL TRAN:|SILVANIAM, QVÆ ET PÂNO|DACIA, ET DACIA RIPÊSIS, VVL:|GO SIBEMBVRGÊ DICITVR, | "edidit Viennæ Ao. 1566. Nobiliß. atque Doctiß. | Ioês Sâbucus | Pannonius." [This is Transilvania and beyond Transylvania, also called Panno-Dacia and Dacia Ripens, vulgarly called Siebenbergen, drawn in Vienna in the year 1566 by the very noble and learned Ioannes Sambucus from Pannonia]. (Centre bottom:) "Vallis Hatzag Vbi olim ciuitas Sarmisgethusa". [The valley of Hatzag, where once the Sarmisgethusa lived.] (Cartouche lower middle right with four lines of text:) "H. "Litera in hac tabula | nonnullis vocabulis | adiuncta significat | ea eße Hungarica". [The letter H added to some names on this map means that these are Hungarian]. (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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