Antique Map-WALES-CUMBRIA-CAMBRIAE-Ortelius-Lhuyd-c. 1600

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Antique map, titled: 'Cambriae Typus Auctore Humfredo Lhuydo Denbigiense Cambrobritano.' - (Cumbria.) This very decorative map showns present day Wales and Ireland including decorative scroll-cartouche and ship, and sea monster. Ortelius' map is the first printed map of Wales. Etching / engraving on hand laid (verge type) paper. Watermark: Shield with horn. Description: From an undetermined Latin ed. of the Ortelius Atlas: 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum'. The map is based upon Mercator's 1564 wall map of the British Isles in 8 sheets and a manuscript map of a Welsh cartographer Humphrey Llwyd (also spelled Lhuyd) (15271568). Ref: Van den Broecke,Ortelius Atlas Maps, no. 121.69 (p. 230). Artists and Engravers: Made by an anonymous engraver after 'Abraham Ortelius'. 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: Very good, given age. Very nice dark impression. Remains of tape from attachment to matting on rear. Damp staining in bottom corners not effecting image. We can remove staining at no charge. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully. Storage location: B17-04 The overall size is ca. 22 x 18.7 inch. The image size is ca. 19.7 x 14.6 inch. The overall size is ca. 56 x 47.5 cm. The image size is ca. 50 x 37 cm. Bookseller Inventory #

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