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.
  • 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...
    1570 - Abraham Ortelius
    10853

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

    420,00 €
  • Abraham Ortelius:  Germania

    A. Ortelius, Antwerp, 1572-73

    Antique map of the central part of Europe by Abraham Ortelius. With the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, in the east parts of Poland and Hungary in the south to Venice. Below the...

    Germania
    1572 - Abraham Ortelius
    11853

    Coloured map of Germany. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1572.

    530,00 €
  • Abraham Ortelius:  Basiliensis Territorii Descriptio Nova, Auctore Sebastiano Munstero / Circulus sive Liga Sueviae,...

    Antwerp, 1574

    Antique 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 Terrarum by...

    Basiliensis Territorii Descriptio Nova, Auctore Sebastiano Munstero /...
    1574 - Abraham Ortelius
    11257

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

    450,00 €
  • Abraham Ortelius:  Africae Tabula Nova

    Gillis van den Rade, Antwerp, 1575

    Antique map of Africa by Abraham Ortelius. From the 1575 Latin edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius. Second state of the plate, still the date 1570 is present in the cartouche...

    Africae Tabula Nova
    1575 - Abraham Ortelius
    12410

    Coloured map of the African continent. Printed in Antwerp by Gillis van den Rade in 1575.

    1 400,00 €
  • Abraham Ortelius:  Asiae nova descriptio

    Anthonis Coppens van Diest, Antwerp, 1579

    Antique map of the Asian continent by Abraham Ortelius. Shows Asia from the Mediterranean to the Pacific. With the Arabian Peninsula, India, Thailand, China, Japan, Korea, Java, Borneo, Moluccas...

    Asiae nova descriptio
    1579 - Abraham Ortelius
    12563

    Coloured map of the Asian continent. Printed in Antwerp by Anthonis Coppens van Diest in 1579.

    1 500,00 €
  • 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.
    1584 - Abraham Ortelius
    11339

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

    750,00 €
  • 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. /...
    1584 - Abraham Ortelius
    11351

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

    600,00 €
  • 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...
    1584 - Abraham Ortelius
    11358

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

    1 900,00 €
  • 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.
    1587 - Abraham Ortelius
    11312

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

    1 100,00 €
  • 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.
    1587 - Abraham Ortelius
    11521

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

    3 400,00 €
  • 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
    1595 - Abraham Ortelius
    11744

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

    3 900,00 €
  • Abraham Ortelius:  Persici sive Sophorum Regni Typus

    Plantin Press, Antwerp, 1595

    Hand coloured antique map of Persia by Abraham Ortelius. With a beautiful title cartouche. Covering the area of today Iran with the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf. From the 1595 edition of...

    Persici sive Sophorum Regni Typus
    1595 - Abraham Ortelius
    11898

    Coloured map of the Persian Gulf, Caspian Sea, Iran. Printed in Antwerp by Plantin Press in 1595.

    650,00 €
  • Abraham Ortelius:  Leodiensis Dioecesis Typus

    Plantin Press, Antwerp, 1598

    Antique map of the eastern part of Belgium by Abraham Ortelius. Shows the area from Weert and Roermond to Sedain and from Leuven (Louvain) to Limbourg. With Liège, Dinant, Maastricht and Namur....

    Leodiensis Dioecesis Typus
    1598 - Abraham Ortelius
    11905

    Coloured map of Belgium. Printed in Antwerp by Plantin Press in 1598.

    450,00 €
  • Abraham Ortelius:  Oldenburg Comit. / Thietmarsiae, Holsaticae Regionis Partis Typus

    A. Ortelius, Antwerp, 1603

    Old coloured antique map of Oldenburg country and Dithmarschen by A. Ortelius. Two maps on one sheet. The right map shows the Oldenburg country between Weser and East Friesland from Bremen to Jever...

    Oldenburg Comit. / Thietmarsiae, Holsaticae Regionis Partis Typus
    1603 - Abraham Ortelius
    11856

    Old coloured map of Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1603.

    490,00 €
  • Abraham Ortelius:  Germaniae Veteris, Typus.

    A. Ortelius, Antwerp, 1603

    Old coloured, antique map of Germany and the central part of Europe during the classical antiquity by Abraham Ortelius. With Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and parts of Switzerland, Poland and...

    Germaniae Veteris, Typus.
    1603 - Abraham Ortelius
    11859

    Old coloured map of Germany. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1603.

    420,00 €
  • Abraham Ortelius:  Cypri Insulae Nova Descript. 1573

    Jan Baptist Vrients, Antwerp, 1603

    Early and important map of Cyprus by Abraham Ortelius. The geographical details are based on the map of Cyprus by Giacomo Franco from 1570. Below right a inset map of Lemnos, based on notes by...

    Cypri Insulae Nova Descript. 1573
    1603 - Abraham Ortelius
    11921

    Coloured map of Cyprus. Printed in Antwerp by Jan Baptist Vrients in 1603.

    1 350,00 €
  • Abraham Ortelius:  Pannoniae, et Illyrici Veteris Tabula

    Jan Baptist Vrients, Antwerp, 1608 or 1612

    Old coloured antique map of the Western Balkans by Abraham Ortelius. Shows Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina with the Adriatic Sea. With three beautiful cartouches. From the Italian edition...

    Pannoniae, et Illyrici Veteris Tabula
    1608 - Abraham Ortelius
    12479

    Old coloured map of Croatia, Adriatic Sea, Western Balkans. Printed in Antwerp by Jan Baptist Vrients in 1608 or 1612.

    650,00 €
  • Abraham Ortelius:  Oldenburg Comit. / Thietmarsiae, Holsaticae Regionis Partis Typus

    A. Ortelius, Antwerp, 1609-41

    Old coloured antique map of Oldenburg country and Dithmarschen by A. Ortelius. Two maps on one sheet. The right map shows the Oldenburg country between Weser and East Friesland from Bremen to Jever...

    Oldenburg Comit. / Thietmarsiae, Holsaticae Regionis Partis Typus
    1609 - Abraham Ortelius
    11847

    Old coloured map of Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1609.

    450,00 €
  • Abraham Ortelius:  Palatinatus Bavariae Descriptio / Argentoratensis Agri Descriptio

    A. Ortelius, Antwerp, 1609-41

    Antique map of Upper Palatinate and the area around Strasbourg by A. Ortelius. Two maps on one sheet. The right map shows the Upper Rhine around Strasbourg with parts of the Alsace and the Black...

    Palatinatus Bavariae Descriptio / Argentoratensis Agri Descriptio
    1609 - Abraham Ortelius
    11849

    Antique map of Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1609.

    350,00 €
  • 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.
    1570 - Abraham Ortelius
    11526

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

  • 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
    1570 - Abraham Ortelius
    11686

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

  • 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
    1570 - Abraham Ortelius
    11762

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

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

    Gielis Coppens van Diest, Antwerp, 1570

    From the first edition of the Ortelius Atlas of 1570.The rare first edition of Ortelius' map of Russia. From the 1570 Latin edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum published by Gielis Coppens...

    Russiae, Moscoviae et Tartariae Descriptio. Auctore Antonio Ienkensono...
    1570 - Abraham Ortelius
    12411

    Coloured map of Russia. Printed in Antwerp by Gielis Coppens van Diest in 1570.

  • Abraham Ortelius:  Germania

    Gielis Coppens van Diest, Antwerp, 1571

    Antique map of the central part of Europe by Abraham Ortelius. With the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, in the east parts of Poland and Hungary in the south to Venice. Below the...

    Germania
    1571 - Abraham Ortelius
    12091

    Coloured map of Germany. Printed in Antwerp by Gielis Coppens van Diest in 1571.

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