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1579 Ortelius Map of Provence, France (French Riviera, Côte d'Azur)

Galliae Narbonensis Ora Marittima Recenter Descripta. - Main View

1579 Ortelius Map of Provence, France (French Riviera, Côte d'Azur)


Southern Rhone wine region.



Galliae Narbonensis Ora Marittima Recenter Descripta.
  1579 (undated)     12 x 9 in (30.48 x 22.86 cm)     1 : 800000


This is a rare 1579 Abraham Ortelius map of the coast of Provence, France. Oriented to the west, this map covers the coastline from Narbonne to Marseille. Vaucluse (marked here just north of Marseille) is the center of wine production in the southern Rhone. Some of the smartest wines in France can be found here. There is also a very strong movement towards the adoption of organic and biodynamic viticulture and natural wine making. The area includes the Cotes du Rhone, Luberon, and Gigondas wine appellations, just to name a few. The red wines principally use the grenache, cinsaut, mourvèdre and syrah grapes. White wines use the clairette, grenache blanc, rolle blanc, Sémillon Blanc, and Ugni Blanc. The map features a decorative title cartouche in the upper left quadrant. Shows the region in wonderful detail with attention to cities, rivers, villages and other topographical features. Published in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1579 for issue in his seminal atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.


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 Præmonstratensian Abbey , Antwerp, where his tombstone reads, Quietis cultor sine lite, uxore, prole. Learn More...


Ortelius A., Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, (Antwerp) 1579.    


Good. Overall toning. Text on verso. Unsual color work to the right of the map's border.