Poloniae, Lituaniaeq. Descriptio.

Abraham Ortelius (*1527 - 1598)
Antique map of Poland. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1601.

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Beautiful antique map of Poland 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 second map of Poland by Ortelius featured in the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Similar to the first map, it relies on a cartographic work by Vacovas Godreckis, although the sole surviving example of Godreckis' map was unfortunately lost in 1945. Notably, this version incorporates corrections made by the Polish physician Andrzej Pograbski, particularly in the eastern section of the map. The map first appeared in the Theatrum in 1595. Decorated with a sailing ship and a cartouche. From the 1601 Latin edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Latin text on verso.


CartographerAbraham Ortelius
TitlePoloniae, Lituaniaeq. Descriptio.
Publisher, YearAntwerp, 1601
Plate Size37.0 x 48.5 cm (14.6 x 19.1 inches)
Sheet Size44.4 x 57.3 cm (17.5 x 22.6 inches)
ReferenceVan den Broecke, M.: Ortelius Atlas Maps, No. 155/1601L98


Several wormholes in the margin and within the map. Very good early 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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Antique map of Poland. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1601.

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