Spectandum dedit Ortelius mortalib. Orbem, Orbi spectandum Galleus Ortelium. Papius.
Etching. Sheet 330 x 220mm. Damage to corners. Some foxing/staining.
Abraham Ortelius [1527 - 1598] was a cartographer and geographer, generally recognised as the creator of the first modern atlas, the 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum'. This etching served as a kind of frontispiece to the volume, first issued in 1570, with three Latin editions (besides a Flemish, a French and a German edition) appearing by 1572. Several others were published subsequently, for the atlas continued to be in demand till about 1612.
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