Thusciae Descriptio Auctore Hieronymo Bellarmato.

Abraham Ortelius (*1527 - 1598)
Old coloured map of the Tuscany. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1573.

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Beautiful original old coloured copper engraved map of the Tuscany by A. Ortelius. From the first modern atlas, the famous Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Ortelius, first published in 1570. Embellished with elaborate details and decorative elements.

Showing the area down to Rome in the lower right corner. Also parts of Corsica and the Isle of Elba are shown. Decorated with five sailing ships and a cartouche in the upper right corner. From the early 1573 Latin edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Latin text on verso.


CartographerAbraham Ortelius
TitleThusciae Descriptio Auctore Hieronymo Bellarmato.
Publisher, YearAntwerp, 1573
Plate Size31.9 x 49.5 cm (12.6 x 19.5 inches)
Sheet Size41.0 x 51.3 cm (16.1 x 20.2 inches)
ReferenceVan den Broecke, M.: Ortelius Atlas Maps, No. 130.1; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 7200:31A.


Centrefold partly backed. 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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Old coloured map of the Tuscany. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1573.

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