Coloured map of Asia Minor, Crete, Aegean, Peloponnese. Printed in Antwerp circa 1590.

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Colour copper engraved map of Greece with the Greek Islands, Crete, Asia Minor and the Aegean Sea. Latin text on verso.


CartographerAbraham Ortelius
TitleGraecia, Sophiani
Publisher, YearAntwerp, circa 1590
Plate Size35.0 x 49.7 cm (13.8 x 19.6 inches)
Sheet Size40.5 x 54.5 cm (15.9 x 21.5 inches)
ReferenceVan den Broecke 215, Zacharakis 1616.


Tear in lower centerfold backed, some small tears and holes in margin, waterstaining and soiling especially in margin. Beside the defects still good impression.


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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Abraham Ortelius: Graecia, Sophiani.
Coloured map of Asia Minor, Crete, Aegean, Peloponnese. Printed in Antwerp circa 1590.

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