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1592 Orteilus Map of Burgundy, France (Wine Regions)


Burgundiae Comitatus Recentiss Descriptio Dno Ferdinando Lannoyo auctore.
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Title:    Burgundiae Comitatus Recentiss Descriptio Dno Ferdinando Lannoyo auctore.

Description:    A stunning example of Abraham Ortelius' 1592 map of Burgundy, France. This map covers those areas which are today most commonly associated with the production of Burgundy Wine - arguably the finest French wine. The Burgundy wine regions included on this map include four of the five primary divisions: Chablis, Cote de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, and Cote Chalonnaise. Maconnais, the fifth, is just a little further to the south along the Saone River. It also includes the cities of Avalon, Auttun, Chalons, Beaulne, Verdun, and Chastillon, among many others.

Ortelius printed approximately 525 maps for the 1892 Latin edition of his atlas, however, over the course of this map's entire run, approximately 5300 were printed for various editions of the Theatrum. The map was printed in only one state, all examples of which are dated 1579. It is impossible to know how many have survived the subsequent centuries.


Date:    1592 (dated 1579)

Source:    Ortelius, A., Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, (Amsterdam) 1592.    

References:    Van den Broecke, Ort 51, 1592L29. (Koeman/Meurer: 78, Karrow: 1/113, van der Krogt AN: 4880:31A).

Cartographer:    Abraham Ortelius (1527 - 1598) was one of the most important figures in the history of cartography and is most famously credited with the compilation of the seminal 1570 atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, generally considered to be the world's first modern atlas. Ortelius was born in Antwerp and began his cartographic career in 1547 as a typesetter for the Antwerp Guild of St. Luke. In this role Ortelius traveled extensively through Europe where he came into contact with Mercator, under whose influence, he marketed himself as a "scientific geographer". In this course of his long career he published numerous important maps as well as issued several updated editions of his cardinal work, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Late in his career Ortelius was appointed Royal Cartographer to King Phillip II of Spain. On his death in July fourth, 1598, Ortelius' body was buried in St Michael's Prĉmonstratensian Abbey , Antwerp, where his tombstone reads, Quietis cultor sine lite, uxore, prole. Click here for a list of rare maps from Abraham Ortelius.

Size:   Printed area measures 20 x 14.5 inches (50.8 x 36.83 centimeters)

Scale:    1 : 350000

Condition:    Very good. Minor burn mark from early framing. Some discoloration in lower outer margin. Framers tape on verso restricted to outer margins.

Code:   BurgundiaeComitatus-ortelius-1592 (to order by phone call: 646-483-0487)


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