A scarce 1606 old color Abraham Orteilus map of the Mediterranean island of Crete, Corsica, Sardinia, and the Ionian Islands in antiquity. Essentially four maps on one sheet. The upper left map details Corsica, the top center map the Ionian Islands, the Upper right map Sardinia, and the primary map, for with the entire sheet is named, presents Crete. This map was prepared and issued for the 1606 English edition of the Orbis Theatrum Terrarum, of which 300 were issued. Corresponds to third or 1601 plate.
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.
Very good condition. Wide margins. Original plate mark. Minor marign repair to verso. English text on verso.
Ort 217 (Koeman/Meurer: 7Pa-d, Karrow: 1/158-1/161, van der Krogt AN: 7900H:31).