Antique Maps by Abraham Ortelius (*1527 - 1598)

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.
  • 1570 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Natoliae, quae olim Asia Minor Nova Descriptio - Aegypti Recentior Descriptio - Carthaginis...

    Antwerp, 1570

    Coloured copper engraved map of Turkey by A. Ortelius. On right side a map of Egypt and one of Tunis. Three map on one sheet printed from one plate. From the early 1570 Latin edition of 'Theatrum...

    Natoliae, quae olim Asia Minor Nova Descriptio - Aegypti Recentior...
    10853

    Coloured map of Tunis, Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1570.

    420,00 €
  • 1570 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Indiae Orientalis Insularumque Adiacientium Typus

    Gielis van Diest, Antwerp, 1570

    Rare first edition, first state of Ortelius' striking map of Southeast Asia.Rare and important first edition of the beautiful Southeast Asia map of Abraham Ortelius. From the first 'modern'...

    Indiae Orientalis Insularumque Adiacientium Typus
    11762

    Antique map of Southeast Asia. Printed in Antwerp by Gielis van Diest in 1570.

    4 900,00 €
  • 1584 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Thusciae Descriptio Auctore Hieronymo Bellarmato.

    Antwerp, 1584

    Beautiful original old coloured copper engraved map of the Tuscany by A. Ortelius. Showing the area down to Rome in the lower right corner. Also parts of Corsica and the Isle of Elba are shown....

    Thusciae Descriptio Auctore Hieronymo Bellarmato.
    11334

    Old coloured map of the Tuscany. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1584.

    900,00 €
  • 1584 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Tartariae sive Magni Chami Regni Typus

    Antwerp, 1584

    Beautiful original old coloured copper engraved map of the Tartary by A. Ortelius. Showing large part of Asia from Black Sea with Russia, parts of China, a curious early treatment of Japan and an...

    Tartariae sive Magni Chami Regni Typus
    11336

    Old coloured map of the Northwestern US, Tartary. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1584.

    1 100,00 €
  • 1584 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Regni Neapolitani Verissima Secundum Antiquorum et Recentiorum Traditionem Descriptio, Pyrrho...

    Antwerp, 1584

    Beautiful original old coloured copper engraved map of the Southern Italy by A. Ortelius. Including the towns of Ascoli Piceno, Napels, Fogia, Bari, Catanzaro and the northern tip of Sicily with...

    Regni Neapolitani Verissima Secundum Antiquorum et Recentiorum...
    11337

    Old coloured map of Southern Italy, Napoli. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1584.

    480,00 €
  • 1584 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Insularum Aliquot Maris Mediterranei Descriptio.

    Antwerp, 1584

    Beautiful original old coloured copper engraved map of six Mediterranean Island by A. Ortelius. Showing Malta, Sardinia, Sicily, Corfu, Elba and Djerba. From the 1584 Latin edition of Theatrum...

    Insularum Aliquot Maris Mediterranei Descriptio.
    11338

    Old coloured map of Djerba, Elba, Corfu, Sicily, Sardinia, Malta. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1584.

    950,00 €
  • 1584 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Candia Insula / Archipelagi Insularum Aliquot Descrip.

    Antwerp, 1584

    Beautiful original old coloured copper engraved map of Crete with 10 additional islands by A. Ortelius. Showing Crete and the islands Lesbos (Metellino), Kithira (Cerigo), Karpathos (Scarpanto),...

    Candia Insula / Archipelagi Insularum Aliquot Descrip.
    11339

    Old coloured map of the Aegean Sea, Cyclades, Crete. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1584.

    750,00 €
  • 1584 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Senensis Ditionis Accurata Descriptio / Corsica / Marcha Anconae, olim Picenum 1572

    Antwerp, 1584

    Nice original old coloured map of Corsica, part of Tuscany around Siena and the Ancona region by Abraham Ortelius. From the 1584 Latin edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum , Latin text on verso.

    Senensis Ditionis Accurata Descriptio / Corsica / Marcha Anconae, olim...
    11340

    Old coloured map of Ancona, Tuscany, Sienna, Corsica. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1584.

    520,00 €
  • 1584 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Larii Lacus vulgo Comensis Descriptio / Territorii Romani Descrip. / Fori Iulii vulgo Friuli Typus

    Antwerp, 1584

    Nice original old coloured map of Lake Como (Lago di Como), Rome (Roma) and surroundings and the region of Udine in the northern part of the Adriatic Sea by Abraham Ortelius. From the 1584 Latin...

    Larii Lacus vulgo Comensis Descriptio / Territorii Romani Descrip. /...
    11351

    Old coloured map of Udine, Rome, Lake Como. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1584.

    600,00 €
  • 1584 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Prussiae Regionis Sarmatiae Europeae Nobiliss. Vera et Nova Descriptio...

    Antwerp, 1584

    Nice original old coloured map of Prussia by Abraham Ortelius. Showing the Baltic Sea coastline from Danzig (Gdansk) to Konigsberg (Kaliningrad) to Memel (Klaipeda). Decorated with two galleon, a...

    Prussiae Regionis Sarmatiae Europeae Nobiliss. Vera et Nova Descriptio...
    11356

    Old coloured map of Gdansk, Kaliningrad, Konigsberg, Prussia. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1584.

    1 100,00 €
  • 1584 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Terra Sancta, a Petro Laicstain Perlustrata, et ab eius Ore et Schedis a Christiano Schrot in...

    Antwerp, 1584

    Nice original old coloured map of the Holy Land by Abraham Ortelius. Showing the coastal line from Beirut to Gaza. The title cartouche is surrounded by biblical vignettes. In the dramatic scene on...

    Terra Sancta, a Petro Laicstain Perlustrata, et ab eius Ore et Schedis a...
    11357

    Old coloured map of Palestine, Israel. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1584.

    650,00 €
  • 1584 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Russiae, Moscoviae et Tartariae Descriptio. Auctore Antonio Ienkensono Anglo, Edita Londini Anno...

    Antwerp, 1584

    Fascinating copper engraved map of Russia by A. Ortelius in stunning original colors. Showing the region from the Baltic Sea, Lithuania and the Black Sea to the Sur River, Tashkent, the Kossack...

    Russiae, Moscoviae et Tartariae Descriptio. Auctore Antonio Ienkensono...
    11358

    Old coloured map of Siberia, Moscow. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1584.

    2 300,00 €
  • 1584 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Europae

    C. Plantin, Antwerp, 1584

    Beautiful old coloured map of Europe by Abraham Ortelius. Decorated with a sailing ship, compass rose and tents in Russia. The title cartouche shows Europa , the mother of King Minos of Crete,...

    Europae
    11743

    Old coloured map of the European continent. Printed in Antwerp by C. Plantin in 1584.

    1 450,00 €
  • 1587 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Insularum Aliquot Maris Mediterranei Descriptio.

    Antwerp, 1587

    Beautiful original old coloured copper engraved map of six Mediterranean Island by A. Ortelius. Showing Malta, Sardinia, Sicily, Corfu, Elba and Djerba. From the 1587 French edition of Theatrum...

    Insularum Aliquot Maris Mediterranei Descriptio.
    11312

    Old coloured map of Djerba, Elba, Corfu, Sicily, Sardinia, Malta. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1587.

    1 100,00 €
  • 1587 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Chinae, olim Sinarum Regionis, nova descriptio. Auctore Ludovico Georgio.

    A. Ortelius, Antwerp, circa 1587

    Ortelius' Stunning Map of China with Old Colour.Old coloured map of China by Abraham Ortelius. The map is oriented to the west, north is on the right side. This is the first map of China ever...

    Chinae, olim Sinarum Regionis, nova descriptio. Auctore Ludovico Georgio.
    11521

    Old coloured map of China. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius circa 1587.

    3 400,00 €
  • 1595 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Abrahami Patriarchae Peregrinatio, et Vita

    Antwerp, circa 1595

    Rare edition of Ortelius' striking map of the Wanderings of Abraham.A rare edition of the historical map of the Holy Land by Abraham Ortelius, unusual without text on verso. Shows the land...

    Abrahami Patriarchae Peregrinatio, et Vita
    11744

    Historical map of Israel, Canaan with the Wanderings of Abraham. Printed around 1595 in Antwerp.

    3 900,00 €
  • 1612 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Irlandiae Accurata Descriptio, Auctore Baptista Boazio

    J. B. Vrients, Antwerp, 1608 or 1612

    Rare and incredible decorative map of Ireland with beautiful old colour. This west-oriented map rarely appears on the market, since it was bound in only a few copies of the Ortelius Atlas, while...

    Irlandiae Accurata Descriptio, Auctore Baptista Boazio
    11476

    One of the most desirable map of Ireland for collectors. Based on the map of Boazio, published by J. B. Vrients in Antwerp between 1608 and 1612.

    7 900,00 €
  • 1570 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Germania.

    A. Ortelius, Antwerp, 1570

    Old coloured map of Germany by A. Ortelius. Decorated with three cartouches and a galleon. First state from the 1570 Latin edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum .

    Germania.
    11526

    Old coloured map of Germany. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1570.

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  • 1570 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Tartariae sive Magni Chami Regni Typus

    Antwerp, 1570

    First state of the Tartary map by A. Ortelius. Showing large part of Asia from Black Sea with Russia, parts of China, a curious early treatment of Japan and an early treatment of the West Coast of...

    Tartariae sive Magni Chami Regni Typus
    11686

    Coloured map of the Tartary. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1570.

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  • 1573 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Basiliensis Territorii Descriptio Nova, Auctore Sebastiano Munstero / Circulus sive Liga Sueviae,...

    Antwerp, 1573

    Beautiful original coloured map of the area around Basel in Switzerland on sheet with a map of Swabia with the Lake of Constance (Bodensee) in South Germany. From the 1573 Latin edition of Theatrum...

    Basiliensis Territorii Descriptio Nova, Auctore Sebastiano Munstero /...
    10162

    Coloured map of Basel, Switzerland. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1573.

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  • 1573 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Circulus sive Liga Sueviae, vulgo Schwabische Kraiss

    Antwerp, circa 1573

    Beautiful coloured map of Swabia with the Lake of Constance (Bodensee) in South Germany of A. Ortelius. From an edition of 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' by Abraham Ortelius. The origin of this maps is...

    Circulus sive Liga Sueviae, vulgo Schwabische Kraiss
    11196

    Coloured map of the Lake Constance, Swabia, Baden-Wurttemberg. Printed in Antwerp circa 1573.

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  • 1574 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Helvetiae Descriptio Aegidio Tschudo Auct.

    Antwerp, 1574

    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...

    Helvetiae Descriptio Aegidio Tschudo Auct.
    10873

    Coloured map of Switzerland. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1574.

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  • 1574 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Basiliensis Territorii Descriptio Nova, Auctore Sebastiano Munstero / Circulus sive Liga Sueviae,...

    Antwerp, 1574

    Beautiful original coloured map of the area around Basel in Switzerland on sheet with a map of Swabia with the Lake of Constance (Bodensee) in South Germany. From a Latin edition of 'Theatrum Orbis...

    Basiliensis Territorii Descriptio Nova, Auctore Sebastiano Munstero /...
    11158

    Old coloured map of Basel, Switzerland. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1574.

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  • 1578 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Basiliensis Territorii Descriptio Nova, Auctore Sebastiano Munstero / Circulus sive Liga Sueviae,...

    Antwerp, 1578

    Beautiful original coloured map of the area around Basel in Switzerland on sheet with a map of Swabia with the Lake of Constance (Bodensee) in South Germany. From the 1578 Latin edition of Theatrum...

    Basiliensis Territorii Descriptio Nova, Auctore Sebastiano Munstero /...
    10163

    Coloured map of Basel, Switzerland. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1578.

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