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Map of Western Germany, Oldenburg (currently Saxony)

Abraham Ortelius

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After studying Greek, Latin, and mathematics, Ortelius went into business with his sister as a book dealer and "printer of maps." In 1564, Ortelius' career reached a turning point with the production of a world map in eight sheets, only one copy of which is known to exist. Other maps followed, but the crowning achievement of Ortelius' career was the compilation of a collection of maps from European mapmakers into a single volume of uniform size. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Ortelius noted his sources of information, and, although others had published collections of modern maps in book form, Ortelius' work, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, was the first uniformly sized, systematic collection of maps; this work can therefore be called the first atlas (although the term was not used until 20 years later by Mercator). Elegantly engraved by Frans Hogenberg, the work contained 70 maps on 53 leaves. In the following years, five supplements were added. Originally issued in 1570, four editions of the Theatrum were published the first year; it was to be reissued in 42 editions overall, until 1612, with 5 supplements and text in Latin, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Italian and English. Bookseller Inventory # 000273

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Title: Map of Western Germany, Oldenburg (currently...

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Book Type: Map

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