Westphaliae Totius, Finitimarumque Regionum Accurata Descriptio

Abraham Ortelius (*1527 - 1598)
Coloured map of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1603.

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Antique map of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony by Abraham Ortelius. In the north with East Frisia, Oldenburg and Bremen, in the south to Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Cologne. Osnabrück is located in the centre. With three cartouches and a mileage scale. The map is oriented to the east, north is on the left side. From the 1603 Latin edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Latin text on verso. Dated in the upper right to 1579.


CartographerAbraham Ortelius
TitleWestphaliae Totius, Finitimarumque Regionum Accurata Descriptio
Publisher, YearA. Ortelius, Antwerp, 1603
Plate Size34.8 x 50.0 cm (13.7 x 19.7 inches)
Sheet Size47.0 x 58.2 cm (18.5 x 22.9 inches)
ReferenceVan den Broecke, M.: Ortelius Atlas Maps, No. 91; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 2300:31


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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Coloured map of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1603.

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