1570 Map World Typus orbis terrarum Typvs orbis terrarvm Ortelius' book of maps,
Map size: 18x24 inches
Map Description: 1570 Map World Typus orbis terrarum Typvs orbis terrarvm Ortelius' book of maps, first published in 1570, is considered the first modern world atlas. It was the first time that a set of maps, contemporary to the date of publication, was designed, drawn, and engraved with the intention of publishing them in a bound volume. Ortelius did not refer to his publication as an "atlas," as we know it today. Rather he entitled it "Theater of the World" implying not only that the entire known wor ld could be viewed in this one book, but that the Earth was a stage on which human actions unfolded. Although most of the maps in this book pertain to European countries and provinces, it can be considered a world atlas because it also includes a Map |of the world (displayed here), as well as one Map |for each of the four continents. This world Map |was based on a large 21-sheet world Map |published by Ortelius' colleague, Gerard Mercator the year before. It displayed almost a century Latin Map of World| Notes: Relief shown pictorially. "Quid ei potest videri magnum in rebus humanis, cui aeternitas omnis, totius que mundi nota sit magmitudo. Cicero." Appears in the author's Theatrum orbis terrarum. Antverpiae. 1570. Exhibited in “Journeys of the Imagination,” at the Boston Public Library, Boston, MA, April - August 2006. MB (BRL)Subjects: World maps--Early works to 1800 Typvs orbis terrarvm
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