Brandeburgensis Marchae Descriptio

Abraham Ortelius (*1527 - 1598)
Antique map of Berlin, Brandenburg. Printed in Antwerp by Plantin Press in 1592.

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Old coloured antique map of Brandenburg by Abraham Ortelius. From the first modern atlas, the famous Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Ortelius, first published in 1570. Embellished with elaborate details and decorative elements.

Shows Brandenburg with parts of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Poland. From Ueckermünde and Szczecin to Wittenberg and Cottbus. In the west to Dannenberg. Centred around Berlin. Below a beautiful title cartouche and a mileage scale. From the early 1592 Latin edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Latin text on verso.


CartographerAbraham Ortelius
TitleBrandeburgensis Marchae Descriptio
Publisher, YearPlantin Press, Antwerp, 1592
Plate Size35.5 x 49.6 cm (14.0 x 19.5 inches)
Sheet Size45.0 x 56.8 cm (17.7 x 22.4 inches)
ReferenceVan den Broecke, M.: Ortelius Atlas Maps, No. 97/1592L53


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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Antique map of Berlin, Brandenburg. Printed in Antwerp by Plantin Press in 1592.

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