Hispalensis Conventus Delineatio Auctore Hieronymo Chiaves

Abraham Ortelius (*1527 - 1598)
Old coloured map of Seville, Andalusia. Printed in Antwerp by Plantin Press in 1592.

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Beautiful old coloured antique map of Andalusia by A. Ortelius. Depicting Seville and its surroundings in Andalusia. With Córdoba, Écija, and Jerez de la Frontera. From the first modern atlas, the famous Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Ortelius, first published in 1570. Embellished with elaborate details and decorative elements.

The map highlights the crucial home ports of the Spanish Empire, based on the report of Geronimo de Chavez, the chief geographer of Spain's Casa de Contratacion during its peak. The focal point is a pictorial representation of the walled city of Seville and its cathedral on the Guadalquivir River. Cadiz, a vital port and home port of the Spanish treasure fleet, is prominently featured at the bottom center. The map also artistically captures the region's mountainous terrain. Off the coast of Cadiz, a sea battle unfolds, and sea monsters roam the waters.

From the 1592 Latin edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Latin text on verso.


CartographerAbraham Ortelius
TitleHispalensis Conventus Delineatio Auctore Hieronymo Chiaves
Publisher, YearPlantin Press, Antwerp, 1592
Plate Size35.0 x 46.2 cm (13.8 x 18.2 inches)
Sheet Size46.8 x 57.2 cm (18.4 x 22.5 inches)
ReferenceVan den Broecke, M.: Ortelius Atlas Maps, No. 28.1; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 6112:31.


Very good condition with beautiful old coloring.


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 Seville, Andalusia. Printed in Antwerp by Plantin Press in 1592.

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