Antique Map of the Rhine near Strasbourg by Ortelius (1608)

  • Condition: Fair, strong toning. Shows some creasing and a small hole near Strasbourg. Blank verso, please study image carefully.
  • Date: 1608
  • Overall size: 27 x 42 cm.
  • Image size: 24 x 30 cm.

€ 320,–($ 376.61 / £ 292.19)

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.. Antique Map of the Rhine near Strasbourg by Ortelius (1608)

Description: Antique map titled 'Argentoratensis agri descriptio'. Original antique map of the Rhine, both south and north of Strasbourg, based on Daniel Specklin's three-sheet map of the Elzas of 1576. 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.