Abraham Ortelius

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Ortelius, Abraham


Born Apr. 4, 1527; died June 28, 1598. Flemish cartographer.

In 1570, Ortelius published in Antwerp Theatrum orbis terrarum, a collection that included 53 maps with detailed geographic texts. The collection was supplemented and reissued several times over the years; in 1579, Ortelius added three historical maps. In the development of cartography, Ortelius’ collection played a part equal in importance to that of G. Mercator’s atlas.

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The beginning chapter on content, focusing on the 15th century, highlights classical Ptolemaic maps by Johannes Reger (1486); the 16th century highlights maps by Giacomo Gastaldi (1554), Abraham Ortelius (1570) and Gerard Mercator's atlas (1595).
For that I wolde not have the inhabitantes of this Ile ignorant of the histories and cronicles of the same, wherein I am sure to offende manye because I have oppenede ther ignorance and blindenes thereby ' Llwyd's final works resulted from commissions by the great Flemish cartographer and "inventor" of the atlas, Abraham Ortelius, whom Llwyd met at Antwerp on his way home from Italy in 1567.
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In the 1570s and '80s, Plantin published editions of the first atlas, Abraham Ortelius's Theatrum orbis terrarum (Fig.
The exhibition, running until October 22, features authentic engravings of Cyprus and Greece, maps by Abraham Ortelius, Tomasco Porcacchi and others, and a collection of rare books, including The Life and Works of Lord Byron with Notes and Illustrations (published in 1813).
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"Colouring maps was more prevalent in the Low Countries but the Golden Age Dutch atlases were generally coloured by skilled professionals - it's how the great map maker Abraham Ortelius started out - and sold at a premium.
This is precisely what is depicted on Abraham Ortelius's map of 1579 (shown as Fig.
Our self-esteem grows as we see our country, gradually being put on the map-on Ramusio-Gastaldi's 1554/1563 map, where the word "Filipina" appears for the first time on a western document; next on Abraham Ortelius's 1584/1601 map of China, with only the coastline of Luzon; and finally on Petrus Kaerius's 1598 "Insulae Philippinae," [Map 1] the first separately printed map of the Philippines.
9 is presented three maps on one sheet: Pomerania (the Baltic coastline between Rostock in Germany and the Polish port of Gdansk), Livonia (now Kalingrad, Lithuania and Latvia), and Oswiecim (just west of Krakow) by Abraham Ortelius. This example has the pagination of the 1574 edition of the Theatrum erased and the number of the 1579 edition added in old ink mss: the publishers were obviously using up the remainder of an old edition.

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