Coloured map of the Crimea, Ukraine, Black Sea. Printed in Antwerp by Jan Baptist Vrients between 1609 and 1612.

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Very decorative antique map of the Black Sea by Abraham Ortelius. Showing the Black Sea with Ukraine, Crimea and the adjacent countries. With two beautiful Renaissance cartouches. Dated 1590, from the Latin edition of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum from 1609/12, the famous atlas by A. Ortelius.


CartographerAbraham Ortelius
TitlePontus Euxinus
Publisher, YearJan Baptist Vrients, Antwerp, 1609 or 1612
Plate Size35.8 x 50.3 cm (14.1 x 19.8 inches)
Sheet Size44.0 x 54.9 cm (17.3 x 21.6 inches)
ReferenceVan den Broecke, M.: Ortelius Atlas Maps, No. 213; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 0350H:31.


Partly a little bit stained and slightly browned in the white margins. Very good condition.


Abraham Ortelius was born 1527 in Antwerp. He studied mathematics, Greek and Latin and travelled a lot across Europe. He established a business in dealing with books and drawing maps. His first remarkable map was a 8 sheet world map in the year 1564, but only three copies have survived. In 1570 he issued the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern Atlas with uniformly sized maps in a systematic collection. The term Atlas was not used until Mercator introduced it 20 years later. Most of the maps in Theatrum have been engraved by Frans Hogenberg. At the time of publication, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed. Nevertheless it was a big success and around 7000 copies have been printed until 1612 in many editions and six different languages. Beside the Theatrum, Ortelius compiled a series of historical maps and published it in the Parergon Theatri which was bound with the Theatrum from 1579 onwards or published separately.

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Coloured map of the Crimea, Ukraine, Black Sea. Printed in Antwerp by Jan Baptist Vrients between 1609 and 1612.

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