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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

Helvetiae Descriptio...

CONDITION:

13-3/8 x 17-7/8”. Original color.Excellent condition.

DATE:

(1570)1595

DESCRIPTION:

A general map of Switzerland based on the 1538 map by the Swiss statesman and humanist, Aegidius Tschudi (1505-1572).

The
Theatrum was among the most important of all Renaissance books. It was the first modern atlas – the first systematic collection of maps that included all parts of the world, with the maps in a uniform format.

Ortelius collected the best available maps of the various countries and had them re-engraved in a uniform size. It is the first printed book of any kind to footnote sources. The maps are some of the most beautiful ever published, with great cartouches and embellishments in the mannerist style.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke, 115

Inventory No. 8269

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