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1601 Ortelius Map of the Black Sea and Vicinity (Turkey, Asia Minor, Crimea)

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1601 Ortelius Map of the Black Sea and Vicinity (Turkey, Asia Minor, Crimea)


Beautiful hand colored map of the Black Sea featuring ancient country names.



Pontus Euxinus.
  1601 (undated)     16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.8 cm)     1 : 2700000


This is a hand colored 1601 Abraham Ortelius map of the Black Sea and the surrounding region. The map depicts the Black Sea from Turkey, Romania, and Bulgaria on the left to Georgia, Russia, and Turkey on the right and from Ukraine and Crimea at the top to Turkey at the bottom. Ortelius here employs classical nomenclature. Turkey, for example, is divided into Cappadocia, Galatia, and Thrace and Ukraine and Crimea are Scythia. Cities and towns are depicted throughout the map, on the shore of the Black Sea or along one of the myriad rivers that run into the Black Sea. Three sailing ships are depicted in the Black Sea. Forests and mountains are depicted in profile.

This map was published as a part of Abraham Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum in 1603 in Amsterdam.


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, (Amsterdam) 1603.    


Very good. Repaired tears on verso. Light soiling. Blank on verso.


OCLC 224315462.