Set of 3 maps. “NATOLIAE QUAE OLIM ASIA MINOR NOVA DESCRIPTIO”. “CARTHAGINIS CELEBERRIMI SINUS TYPUS”. Near the cartouche 4 lines of text, under the cartouche. Large and nice set of antique copper engraved maps of Anatolia (Turkey) with Cyprus, Egypt, and the region of Carthagene (Tunisia). The first map shows Asia Minor, Cyprus, and the eastern Mediterranean, based on a map of Gastaldi/Forlani of 1564. The second map shows the region around the Nile, as far as Aswan, based on an anonymous Italian map, published by Forlani in 1566. It is considered to be the first modern map of Egypt. The third map shows the environs of the city of Carthage (modern-day Tunis), based on an anonymous Italian map of 1535. Edition: Antwerp, Christophe Plantin, 1579, First Plantin Edition, 16th century. Verso text: Latin (page number : 88). Size of the map with margins: 59 x 46 cm / 23,2 x 18,1 inches. Condition: good condition, very small holes in the upper centre margin restored on the back, handed colored, strong paper, real large margins. He is the greatest and the best geographe and cartographe. Abraham Ortelius began his career as a colorist with Christophe Plantin, a printer in Antwerp. He was a cartographer and an humanist. He became a friend of the house and one of the great authors attached to the Plantin-Moretus printing house, were the majority of the atlases were printed at this period. Antwerp is in the sixteenth century one of the largest cities in Europe and a major cultural and artistic center. The printing press is flourishing and the Officinia Plantinia or the Compas d’Or, the publishing house founded by Christophe Plantin, is one of the most important and sells books throughout Europe. With 16 presses and 80 employees, it offers an impressive catalogu. Of various books and maps. Above all, Ortelius forged a reputation as the inventor of the modern atlas: in 1570, he was the first to collect a series of maps of identical format and style, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. He achieved this thanks to his vast knowledge and his numerous contacts with scholars throughout Europe, a few years before his contemporaries Gerard de Jode and Gerard Mercator also published an atlas. 1570, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of Ortelius is the first atlas printed in the modern sense of the word; it is published in Latin in Antwerp. The book includes 53 maps, works by different authors, classified from general to particular. On the verso of each map, a text exposes the knwoledge of the represented region. The success was immediate and translations from latin to French, German or Dutch were quickly published. When it was published in 1570, this work was the first to compile all known world maps in the same format. It is a huge success despite its high price it is reputed to be the most expensive book of its. It will know 42 editions in 7 languages until its last posthumous publications in 1612. WE DON’T SELL LASER AND COPIES MAPS, ALL WE SELL IS ORIGINAL AND ANTIQUE. Due to the age an type of paper, some imperfections are to be expected. Please examine the images provided carefully, and if you have any questions please ask and we will be happy to help you. This item is in the category “Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Europe Maps”. The seller is “efi6″ and is located in this country: FR. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Date Range: 1500-1599
- Printing Technique: Copper Plate
- Year: 1579
- Cartographer/Publisher: Abraham Ortelius
- Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
- Topic: Antiques
- Country/Region: Cyprus