BG-12230-1

Antique Map of Austria and Hungary by Ortelius (c.1590)

  • Condition: Fair, strong age-related toning. Some wear, Latin text on verso. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: c.1590
  • Overall size: 53.5 x 42 cm.
  • Image size: 46 x 34 cm.
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.. Antique Map of Austria and Hungary by Ortelius (c.1590)

Description: Antique map titled 'Austriae ducatus chorographia, Wolfgango Lazio auctore'. Decorative regional map of Austria and Hungary, following the Danube from Lintz to Bratislava and extending north to the Teya and south to the Dranus. Based upon the work of Wolfgang Lazius. This map originates from 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' by A. Ortelius. 

Artists and Engravers: Abraham Ortelius is perhaps the best known and most frequently collected of all sixteenth-century mapmakers. Ortelius started his career as a map engraver. In 1547 he entered the Antwerp guild of St Luke as afsetter van Karten. His early career was as a business man, and most of his journeys before 1560 were for commercial purposes. In 1560, while traveling with Gerard Mercator to Trier, Lorraine, and Poitiers, he seems to have been attracted, largely by Mercator’s influence, towards a career as a scientific geographer. From that point forward, he devoted himself to the compilation his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World), which would become the first modern atlas.