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Ortelius, Abraham

Oost ende West Frieslandts beschryuinghe. Utriusque Frisiorum regionis noviss descriptio. 1568.

Antique Oost ende West Frieslandts beschryuinghe. Utriusque Frisiorum regionis noviss descriptio. 1568.
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Eigenschaften
  • Antwerpen
  • 1568
  • Antique Map, map
  • Copperengraving/handcolored., Copper engraving / hand colored.
  • 1568
  • West Friesland
  • 343 by 510mm (13 by 20 inches).
  • Broe: 80
  • 21922
  • In excellent condition. 343 by 510mm (13 by 20 inches).

Article description

Article description

Original antique copper engraving, hand colored in outline when published. German text edition. Shows West and East Frisia with the islands. Decorative cartouche with card title lower right. Cartridge with mileage indicators in the lower center; in the Zuidersee (Ijsselmeer) compass rose; the map is illustrated with numerous sailing ships. Rare 1st condition with German back text. 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: 80


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