Silesiae Typus (Silesia/Poland)

Abraham Ortelius

Publication Date: 1598
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Engraving with hand-color. Sheet size: 17 1/4 x 21 1/2". Inventory#: p1299pmat. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Silesiae Typus (Silesia/Poland)
Publication Date: 1598
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Book Condition: Very Good

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Book Description Antique print, titled: 'Silesiae Typus A Martino Helwigio Sissense descriptus. Et Nobili doctoque viro Domino Nicolao Rhedingero ded.' - Revised edition of Ortelius' map of Silesia, which has been enlarged and embellished with a much more elaborate cartoche and military scale. Centered on Breslau. Map depicts total Silesia with two very decorative cartouches and the Silesien eagle as coat of arm. Rear text. Hand colored copperplate engraving on (verge type) hand laid paper. "Description: From: 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum ( )', published by Abraham Ortelius, Antwerp. Latin ed. Exact ed. to be determined. Ref: Van den Broecke 103. Latin edition.Artists and Engravers: Publisher: Ortelius. Cartographer: Martin Helwig (1516-1574). Dedicated to Nikolaus Rhedinger, who was the patron of Helwig. Publisher: Abraham Ortelius was born 1528 in Antwerp. He studied mathematics, Greek and Latin and travelled a lot across Europe. He established a business in dealing with books and drawing maps. His first remarkable map was a 8 sheet world map in the year 1564, but only three copies have survived. In 1570 he issued the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum", the first modern "Atlas" with uniformly sized maps in a systematic collection. The term "Atlas" was not used until Mercator introduced it 20 years later. Most of the maps in Theatrum have been engraved by Frans Hogenberg. At the time of publication, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed. Nevertheless it was a big success and around 7000 copies have been printed until 1612 in many editions and six different languages. Beside the Theatrum, Ortelius compiled a series of historical maps and published it in the "Parergon Theatri" which was bound with the Theatrum from 1579 onwards or published separately." Condition: Good, given age. Original middle fold, as issued. Some small tears in paper edges. Overall light creasing. Later hand coloring. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully. Storage location: BG-B1-14 The overall size is ca. 21.1 x 17.3 inch. The image size is ca. 16.5 x 13.5 inch. The overall size is ca. 53.5 x 44 cm. The image size is ca. 42 x 34.3 cm. Seller Inventory # 56407

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