Frisia Orientalis. From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp
Latin text on verso. Very fine original color, 14 3/4 x 19 3/4”. Fine condition.
The first issue of 1595. East Frisia lies on the northwest coast of Germany, between the Dutch border and the Weser River. The map is highly ornamental with a large inset of the environs of Emden enclosed by an opulent border, a title banner at the top, and two costumed figures at lower left.
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.
Van den Broecke 83
Inventory No. 8422