BG-12523-3

Antique Map of the Region of Boulogne and Péronne (c.1590)

  • Condition: Fair/good, original folding line (with repair). Some soiling and wear. General age-related toning, Dutch text on verso. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: c.1590
  • Overall size: 54.5 x 42 cm.
  • Image size: 47 x 34 cm.
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Description: Antique map titled 'Caletensium et Bononiensium (..)'. Two detailed regional maps on one sheet. The first map shows Belgian and French Coastal region, from Estaples to Gruerlinge, including Calais and Boulogne. The second shows the region centered on Péronne and S. Quintin. This map originates from a Dutch edition of '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.