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.
  • 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:  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 €
  • 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 €
  • 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 €
  • 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 €
  • 1603 - Abraham Ortelius

    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
    11921

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

    1 350,00 €
  • 1580 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Eryn. Hiberniae, Britannicae Insulae, Nova Descriptio. Irlandt

    Christoffel Plantin, Antwerp, 1580 or 1589

    Old coloured antique map of Ireland by Abraham Ortelius. The west-oriented map is based on the large wall map of Great Britain by Mercator from 1564 and comes from a German Ortelius atlas of 1580...

    Eryn. Hiberniae, Britannicae Insulae, Nova Descriptio. Irlandt
    11897

    Old coloured map of Ireland. Printed in Antwerp by Christoffel Plantin in 1580 or 1589.

    1 300,00 €
  • 1603 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Presbiteri Iohannis, sive, Abissinorum Imperii Descriptio

    Jan Baptist Vrients, Antwerp, 1603

    Hand coloured antique map of Africa by Abraham Ortelius. Shows the Kingdom of the mystical Prester John in central Africa. Decorated with two cartouches, four elephants, sea monsters and a sailing...

    Presbiteri Iohannis, sive, Abissinorum Imperii Descriptio
    11900

    Coloured map of Priest Joan, Ethiopia, Central Africa. Printed in Antwerp by Jan Baptist Vrients in 1603.

    1 200,00 €
  • 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 €
  • 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 €
  • Ortelius, Italy, Tuscany, 1584: Thusciae Descriptio Auctore Hieronymo Bellarmato.
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    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:  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:  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 €
  • 1595 - Abraham Ortelius

    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
    11898

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

    650,00 €
  • 1575 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Descriptio Germaniae Inferioris

    Gillis van den Rade, Antwerp, 1575

    Old coloured antique map of the Low Countries with the Netherlands and Belgium by Abraham Ortelius. Shows the area from The Hague to Cologne and from Emden to Paris. Above a title band held by two...

    Descriptio Germaniae Inferioris
    11903

    Old coloured map of the Low Countries with Belgium and the Netherlands. Printed in Antwerp by Gillis van den Rade in 1575.

    650,00 €
  • 1603 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Lutzenburgen sis Ducatus Veriss. Descript. Iacobo Surhonio Montano auctore.

    Jan Baptist Vrients, Antwerp, 1603

    Antique map of Luxembourg by Abraham Ortelius. In the east the Moselle from Metz to Trier, in the west the Meuse with Namur and Charleville-Mézières. Decorated with two beautiful cartouches. First...

    Lutzenburgen sis Ducatus Veriss. Descript. Iacobo Surhonio Montano auctore.
    11922

    Old coloured map of Luxembourg. Printed in Antwerp by Jan Baptist Vrients in 1603.

    620,00 €
  • 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 €
  • 1588 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Westphaliae Totius, Finitimarumque Regionum Accurata Descriptio

    A. Ortelius, Antwerp, 1588

    Antique map of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony by Abraham Ortelius. In the north with East Frisia, Oldenburg and Bremen, in the south to Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Cologne. Osnabrück is...

    Westphaliae Totius, Finitimarumque Regionum Accurata Descriptio
    11844

    Coloured map of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1588.

    530,00 €
  • 1572 - Abraham Ortelius

    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
    11853

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

    530,00 €
  • 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 €
  • 1579 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Wirtenberg Ducatus

    A. Ortelius, Antwerp, 1579

    Very detailed, antique map of Württemberg by Abraham Ortelius. Shows the area from Pforzheim to Ulm and between Villingen-Schwenningen and Schwäbisch Hall with Stuttgart in the centre. With a...

    Wirtenberg Ducatus
    11850

    Old coloured map of Baden-Württemberg. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1579.

    490,00 €
  • 1603 - Abraham Ortelius

    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
    11856

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

    490,00 €
  • 1579 - Abraham Ortelius

    Abraham Ortelius:  Hassiae Descriptio, Ioanne Drynadro Auctore / Holsatiae Descrip.

    A. Ortelius, Antwerp, 1579

    Old coloured antique map of Schleswig-Holstein and Hesse by A. Ortelius. Two maps on a sheet. The right map shows Schleswig-Holstein between the Elbe river and Flensburg and from the North Sea to...

    Hassiae Descriptio, Ioanne Drynadro Auctore / Holsatiae Descrip.
    11857

    Old coloured map of Schleswig-Holstein, Hesse. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1579.

    490,00 €
  • 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 €
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