engraved & hand coloured original antique 1st edition,
2nd state (1.2 Ort)
Hogenberg, was published by
Abraham Ortelius in
the 1575 Latin edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.
This map is in fantastic condition with beautiful
hand colour, original margins on clean heavy paper with
a heavy plate impression. There is a professional repair
at the bottom left section of the map.
The plate for this edition cracked in 1570 and remained
cracked until the plate was was re-worked in 1579. In
1575 the crack was temporarily fixed using small bolts.
The impression of the crack and bolts can be seen, as an
impression within the clouds, at the lower right section
of the map.
According to Marcel van den Broecke author and expert on
Ortelius maps 3250 of these maps were originally
published. Today there are less than 240 loose copies in circulation.
There are currently 3 x 1st editions online for sale
with prices of $7,200, $8,200 and $11,500. Conditions
varying from average to fine.
Past sales data since 1983 for the first edition
accounting of 36 sales with a top price paid in 2005 of
Abraham Ortelius' world map is
a simplified one-sheet reduction of Gerard Mercator's large
world map which had appeared the year before in 1569. Nearly
all the legends, textual panels and decorative features,
have been omitted; between the oval circumference of the
map and the outer frame are now clouds, and, below, a
quotation from Cicero. From surviving correspondence, it
is known that Mercator generously encouraged Ortelius to
make use of his published corpus of research; he also
provided him with coordinates of places in America and
perhaps elsewhere. South America retains the unusual
bulged south-west coast drawn by Mercator. There is also
a prudent comment adjacent to New Guinea querying
whether this large island is part of the southern
continent or not.
The original plate, like a number of others in the
Atlas, were signed by the engraver Franciscus (Frans)
Hogenberg and was used for the first sixteen editions of
In nearly all places there is text on the reverse of the
map in the language indicated but a few copies are known
which lack reverse text. Between 1575 and 1579 the plate
became cracked along the lower left hand corner. The
crack was roughly mended and the whole border of the
clouds substantially reworked; editions from 1579 to
1584 contain this revised state 2 of plate 1. Ortelius
subsequently produced two further world maps, each
slightly improved geographically.
Several of these states co-existed; for instance
although plate 3 carries the date 1587, it does not seem
to have been issued until 1592. Only one example has
been sighted of the first state plate 2 of 1586. State 3
of plate 2 is also uncommon but it re-appears in the
British Library's copy of the Dutch 1598 edition of the
Theatrum which, as noted by Koeman, was often made up of
earlier stock sheets.
Ortelius' map was copied widely, and derivatives were
later used to illustrate works by Voisin, Broughton,
Maffei, Bell-Forest, Petri, Hakluyt and others.
Terrarum: For the first time, in
1570, all the elements of the modern Atlas were brought
to publication in Abraham Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis
Terrarum. This substantial undertaking assembled
fifty-three of the best available maps of the world by
the most renowned and up to date geographers.
Unlike earlier compositions, such as the Italian
composite or "Lafreri" Atlases, each of Ortelius' maps
was engraved specifically for his Atlas according to
a uniform format. Through its launching, pre-eminence in
map publishing was transferred from Italy to the
Netherlands, leading to over a hundred years of Dutch
supremacy in all facts of cartographical production.
Gerard Mercator's 1569 & Gastaldi's 1561 world map and
Diego Gutierrez' portolan map of the Atlantic.
Next to the list at the bottom of the text, Ortelius
mentions in his Catalogus Auctorum the world maps by
Peter ab Aggere from Mechelen, Sebastian Cabotus from
Venice, Laurentius Fries from Antwerp, Jacobus Gastaldi,
Gemma Frisius from Antwerp, Guicciardinus from Antwerp,
Doco ab Hemminga Frisius, and Orontius Finĉus from
There were a
total of 7300 copies of Theatrum
published between 1570 - 1612 from 31 editions. (Ref: Van Den Broecke; Tooley)
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - off white
Age of map color: - Early
Colors used: - Yellow, green, blue, pink
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper size: - 21 ½in x 17in (545mm x 430mm)
Plate size: - 19 ½in x 13 1/4in (495mm x 340mm)
Margins: - Min 1in (25mm)
Margins: - Bottom left tear re-joined in margin without
Plate area: - Bottom left 160mm tear & centerfold
re-joined without loss
Verso: - Restoration as noted
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