Helvetiae Descriptio Aegidio Tschudo Auct.

Abraham Ortelius (*1527 - 1598)
Coloured map of Switzerland. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1574.

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Decorative coloured map of Switzerland by A. Ortelius. With one cartouche and a mileage scale. Covering complete Switzerland with the Lake Constance and Lake Geneva. From the latin edition of the Ortelius Atlas published in 1574, based on Tschudi's secound map of Switzerland 1560.


CartographerAbraham Ortelius
TitleHelvetiae Descriptio Aegidio Tschudo Auct.
Publisher, YearAntwerp, 1574
Plate Size34.0 x 45.2 cm (13.4 x 17.8 inches)
Sheet Size44.9 x 58.8 cm (17.7 x 23.1 inches)
Referencevan den Broecke 115/1574L39


Some place names marked by old hand, 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 Switzerland. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1574.

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