1579 Ortelius Map of Calais and Vermandois, France and Vicinity
Description: Two rare regional Abraham Ortelius maps on a single folio sheet. Left map, entitled Caletensium,depicts the French and Belgian coastline from Estables to Calais. Cartographically based upon a four sheet map issued by Nicholas de Nicolay. The right map, entitled Veromandorum, depicts the immediate vicinity of Saint-Quentin in northern France. This map is based upon the cartographic work of Jean de Surhon who was commissioned by the crown to map the region in 1557. Each map features a decorative title cartouche in the lower left quadrant. Both maps show their respective regions in wonderful detail with attention to forest cities, roads, rivers and villages. Published in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1579 for issue in his seminal atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.
Date: 1579 (undated)
References: Van den Broecke, marcel P.R., Ortelius Atlas Maps: An Illustrated Guide, 45. Koeman, Cornelis, Atlantes Neerlandici. Bibliography of Terrestrial, Maritime and Celestial Atlases and Pilot Books, Published in the Netherlands up to 1880, vol III, Ortelius 21.
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 13 in height x 19 inches in width (33.02 x 48.26 centimeters)
Condition: Very good condition. Original centerfold. Latin text on verso.
Code: Calais-ortelius-1579 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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