NORTHERN ITALY

 

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AUTHOR:

ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM

TITLE:

[Two maps on one sheet] Patavini Territorii, Corographia... [and] Tarvisini Agri Typus... From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

CONDITION:

Very fine original color, 12” x 19-1/2” (sheet size). Fine condition.

DATE:

1595

DESCRIPTION:

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 on 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.

The maps are:

Patavini. A map of the environs of Padua. The city of Venice is prominently shown in bird’s-eye view. Replacing a 1573 sheet on which this plate plate was printed on one sheet with the plate of Apulia. Based on a 1567 map by Jacobo Gastaldi.

Taruisini. The territory of Treviso, with Venice and its lagoon shown at the lower margin of the map. Based on a manuscript map drawn especially for Ortelius by Giovanni Pinandello sometime before 1579.

REFERENCES:

Van den Broecke 122 a-b

Inventory No. 8435

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