Antique Map of Friesland by Ortelius (c.1570)

  • Condition: Good, given age. A few small spots in the margins. A couple of soft diagonal creases upper right. Four wormholes top margin. A few tiny unobtrusive holes in image near middle fold, hardly visible. Paper separation in the middle fold, backed with acid-free archival tape. Slightly browned near middle fold. Middle fold as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: c.1570
  • Overall size: 57.7 x 44.3 cm.
  • Image size: 51 x 34 cm.

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.. Antique Map of Friesland by Ortelius (c.1570)

Description: Antique map titled 'Oost end West Vrieslandts beschrijvinghe. Utriusque Frisiorum Regionis Noviss: Descriptio. 1568.' Detailed map of Friesland, the Netherlands. Includes a larger compass rose, sailing ships and an elaborate cartouche. First state. This map originates from 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, published circa 1570.

Artists and Engravers: Abraham Ortelius was a Brabantian cartographer, geographer, and cosmographer, conventionally recognized as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World). Ortelius is often considered one of the founders of the Netherlandish school of cartography and one of the most notable figures of the school in its golden age (approximately 1570s–1670s). The publication of his atlas in 1570 is often considered as the official beginning of the Golden Age of Netherlandish cartography. He is also believed to be the first person to imagine that the continents were joined before drifting to their present positions.