BG-12388-7

Antique Map of Southern Poland by Ortelius (c.1580)

  • Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Blank verso. Some creasing and wear. Narrow upper and left margin, please study image carefully.
  • Date: c.1580
  • Overall size: 29 x 26 cm.
  • Image size: 24.5 x 22 cm.
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Description: Antique map titled 'Ducatus Oswieczensis, et Zatoriensis Descriptio'. Old map of Southern Poland. It shows the area around Zator and Auschwitz. In the center is Wadowice. Also shows part of the Vistula river. Originally, this map was published togerther on one sheet with a map of Pomerania and Latvia. This map originates from 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' by A. Ortelius. 

Artists and Engravers: Abraham Ortelius (1527 -1598) was a Flemish cartographer, cosmographer, geographer and publisher and a contemporary of Gerard Mercator, with whom he travelled through Italy and France. Although it is Mercator who first used the word "Atlas" as a name for a collection of maps, it is Ortelius who is remembered as the creator of the first modern atlas. Theatrum Orbis Terrarum was the first systematically collated set of maps by different map makers in a uniform format. Three Latin editions as well as a Dutch, French and German edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum were published by 1572 and a further 25 editions printed before Ortelius' death in 1598. Several more were subsequently printed until around 1612. Ortelius is said to have been the first person to pose the question of the continents once being a single land mass before separating into their current positions.