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- Published: Antwerpen
- Published date: 1588
- Technique: Copper engraving / Original color.
- Type: Antique Map, map
- Issue date: 1588
- Category: Artois
- Size: 380 by 490mm (15 by 19 inches).
- Bibliography: Koe. Ort 23 / #37 (115). Broe. 73.
- Stock number: 12476
- Condition: A very good copy in fine condtion, a minor discoloration in the upper centerfold. 380 by 490mm (15 by 19 inches).
Article descriptionOriginal antique copper engraving, published in the first Spanish edition of the 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' by Abraham Ortelius. Finely handcolored in wash and outline, when published. Detailled map of Artois, with many cities and place names. The engraved cities are shown as miniature cityviews, a few place names heightend in gold. Among the place names we find St. Omer, Arras, Renty, Monstreul etc. Ornated with a large decorative title cartouch, as well two further cartouches with a dedication and a milage scale. This map is in very fine original handcolor, typical for a Spanish edition in that period. Abraham Ortelius engraved this map after the cartographic sketch by Iacobo Surbonio Montano. Ortelius was born on 14 April 1527 in the city of Antwerp, which was then in the Habsburg Netherlands (modern-day Belgium). The Orthellius family were originally from Augsburg, a Free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1535, the family had fallen under suspicion of Protestantism. Following the death of Ortelius's father, his uncle Jacobus van Meteren returned from religious exile in England to take care of Ortelius. Abraham remained close to his cousin Emanuel van Meteren, who would later move to London. In 1575 he was appointed geographer to the king of Spain, Philip II, on the recommendation of Arias Montanus, who vouched for his orthodoxy. He travelled extensively in Europe and is specifically known to have traveled throughout the Seventeen Provinces; in southern, western, northern, and eastern Germany (e.g., 1560, 1575–1576); France (1559–1560); England and Ireland (1576); and Italy (1578, and perhaps twice or thrice between 1550 and 1558). Beginning as a map-engraver, in 1547 he entered the Antwerp Guild of Saint Luke as an illuminator of maps. He supplemented his income trading in books, prints, and maps, and his journeys included yearly visits to the Frankfurt book and print fair, where he met Gerardus Mercator in 1554. In 1560, however, when travelling with Mercator to Trier, Lorraine, and Poitiers, he seems to have been attracted, largely by Mercator's influence, towards the career of a scientific geographer. (Wikipedia)
Koe. Ort 23 / #37 (115). Broe. 73.