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14-1/4” x 19-1/4”. Original color. Excellent condition.
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.
This map of the Duchy of Luxemberg was based on an unpublished manuscript made in 1551 for Charles V by Jacques Surhon. Like all the maps in the Theatrum it is heavily ornamented in the Renaissance style.
Van den Broecke, 61
Inventory No. 8305