Old coloured map of Scotland. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1609.

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Beautiful original coloured map of Scotland. From the 1609 Latin edition of "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" by Abraham Ortelius. Second state of the copperplate. The cartographical source of this map comes from Mercator's 1564 wall map of the British Isles in 8 sheets (Meurer p. 197).


CartographerAbraham Ortelius
TitleScotiae Tabula
Publisher, YearAntwerp, 1609
Plate Size35.5 x 47.5 cm (14.0 x 18.7 inches)
Referencevan den Broecke: 18.2, Koeman 5800:31


Slightly browned and some foxing, flatted vertical crease close to centrefold, two printer creases in lower margin, lower half margin backed, small tears in margin. Good and strong impression in beautiful original colours.


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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Old coloured map of Scotland. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1609.

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