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Ortelius, Abraham

Pedemontanae Vicinorumque Regionum Auctore Iacobo Castaldo Descrip.

Antique Pedemontanae Vicinorumque Regionum Auctore Iacobo Castaldo Descrip.
€650.00

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Eigenschaften
  • Juan Baptist Vrients , Antwerp
  • 1575
  • Antique Map, map
  • Copper engraving / Uncolored
  • 1575
  • Piemont
  • 368 by 495mm (14 by 19 inches).
  • Broe: 128
  • 13973
  • In excellent condition. 368 by 495mm (14 by 19 inches).

Article description

Article description

Original copper engraving, uncolored as published, 1575 in a Latin text edition of the Atlas "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" at Christopher Platin in Antwerp. The Piedmont region is based in the middle on these map of Giacomo Gastaldi. Milan is in the upper right and Monaco is at lower left corner. The map is a great illustration of the mountainous countryside and is filled with information including even the tiniest of villages. Decorated with two cartouches and a sailing ship in the Mediterranean. 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)

Broe: 128


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