This is a rare 1579 Abraham Ortelius map of Burgundy (Bourgogne), France. Centered on Lake Geneva, Ortelius' map covers from Lyon, France to La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland and from Vesoul to Rivoli, Italy. The modern region of Haute-Savoie and the neighboring department of Savoie were, until 1860, part of the Kingdom of Sardinia. The color coding in this map depicts the territorial boundaries of the time. The region of Burgundy in France is famed for producing the world's finest wines. The map features a decorative title cartouche in the lower left quadrant. Shows the region in wonderful detail with attention to forests, cities, lakes, rivers, villages and other topographical features. Cartographically based on the map by Boileau de Bouillion, this map was 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.
Ortelius A., Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, (Antwerp) 1579.
Good. Overall toning. Blank on verso. Framer's tape on verso. Unusual margin coloration on left side of map.