Frisiae Orientalis Descriptio

Abraham Ortelius (*1527 - 1598)
Old coloured map of East Frisia, Lower Saxony. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1579.

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Very nice old coloured antique map of East Frisia 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.

This is the early state with the longer title and still without the inset map. Shows the North Sea coast of East Frisia (Ostfriesland) from Emden to the Oldenburger Land and the East Frisian Islands Borkum, Juist, Norderney, Baltrum, Langeoog, Spiekeroog and Wangerooge. With Aurich, Norden, Esens, Wittmund, Jever and Leer. Above the title, bottom left a small cartouche. Decorated with three sailing ships and a compass rose. From the early latin edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of 1579. Latin text on verso.


CartographerAbraham Ortelius
TitleFrisiae Orientalis Descriptio
Publisher, YearA. Ortelius, Antwerp, 1579
Plate Size31.3 x 44.3 cm (12.3 x 17.4 inches)
Sheet Size43.2 x 54.5 cm (17.0 x 21.5 inches)
ReferenceVan den Broecke, M.: Ortelius Atlas Maps, No. 82/1579L(B); Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 2310:31A


Very good conditions.


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 East Frisia, Lower Saxony. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1579.

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