1579 Ortelius Map of Verona and Vicinity. (Including Lago di Garda)

Veronae Urbis Territorium à Bernardo Brognoli. - Main View

1579 Ortelius Map of Verona and Vicinity. (Including Lago di Garda)


Edge of the Dolomites.


Veronae Urbis Territorium à Bernardo Brognoli.
  1579 (dated)     12.75 x 18.5 in (32.385 x 46.99 cm)     1 : 310000


This is Abraham Ortelius' 1581 map of Verona and vicinity, Italy, including Mantua, part of the Alps, and the Lago de Garda. The map is oriented to the east and the area's mountainous terrain is depicted pictorially. The strapwork cartouche is flanked by two Diana-like women blowing hunting horns and seated amongst copious produce. The whole is surmounted with the head of a vengeful deer. Ortelius credited this map to a Venetian, Bernardo Brognoli, who drew the map in 1564. Brognoli's map was first engraved and printed in 1574 by Forlani.
Publication History and Census
This map was engraved for inclusion in Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum in 1579. The present example conforms typographically to the 1581 French text edition, of which van den Broecke estimates there were four hundred printed. Nine examples of that edition of the book are listed in OCLC. Twenty-three examples of the separate map in various editions appear institutional collections.


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., Theatre de l'univers, contenant les cartes de tout le monde, (Antwerp) 1581.    


Excellent. Generous margins.


OCLC 605318970. van den Broecke, M. , 120. van der Krogt, P. Koeman's Atlantes neerlandici , Vol. 3A(2003), Nr. 31:321, # 60.