Palatinatus Bavariae Descriptio / Argentoratensis Agri Descriptio

Abraham Ortelius (*1527 - 1598)
Antique map of Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1609.

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Antique map of Upper Palatinate and the area around Strasbourg by A. Ortelius. Two maps on one sheet. The right map shows the Upper Rhine around Strasbourg with parts of the Alsace and the Black Forest. Above a title cartouche. The left map shows Upper Palatinate with Regensburg, Nuremberg, Straubing and Bamberg. Below a title cartouche. From a Spanish edition of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum from 1609-41. Spanish text on verso.


CartographerAbraham Ortelius
TitlePalatinatus Bavariae Descriptio / Argentoratensis Agri Descriptio
Publisher, YearA. Ortelius, Antwerp, 1609-41
Plate Size30.5 x 49.1 cm (12.0 x 19.3 inches)
Sheet Size48.2 x 57.4 cm (19.0 x 22.6 inches)
ReferenceVan den Broecke, M.: Ortelius Atlas Maps, No. 112; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 2670+2525:31


Some browning and staining. 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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Antique map of Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1609.

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