|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Dimensions||285 x 205 mm|
A west-orientated map of the French coast from Nabone to Marseille, featuring Beziers, Montpellier, Nimes, Arles & c. From Abraham Ortelius's 1574 German Edition of 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum'. Towns, churches and cathedrals have been included in lovely detail. Title in a decorative strapwork cartouche, with compass below. Latin text to verso.
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.
Condition: The left hand map of a two part map, right margin added.