Wonderful and spectacular facsimile edition, written in Latin, of the work of Abraham Ortelius, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1595. A volume of great weight and size, bound in hardcover and editorial parchment, with illustrated dust jacket, tinted edges, format 29.5 x 45.5 cm and almost 8 kg. More than 100 f. with magnificent maps in full color printed on strong paper colored according to the original. Edition limited to 998 copies, numbered and notarized (in Italian and English). Made in Italy by the Giunti Group in 1991. Exemplary in perfect condition.
It is delivered with a rigid cardboard dust box-case lined with black printed paper and with full color images; in very good condition, although it shows slight signs of use.
An exquisite full-color facsimile of what can be considered the first atlas of modern times, the copy kept in the library of the “Istituto Geografico Militare di Firenze”
The definitive edition of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1595) can be considered as the first modern atlas, it represents the most advanced step in the cartography of the known world at the end of the 16th century, carried out for decades by the great Dutch cartographer and geographer Abraham Ortelius (1527 -1598). In 1570 he had already published a first edition of his work in Antwerp.
Ortelius’s project was to collect the geographical and cartographic knowledge of the time, offering in 148 spectacular engraving plates the most faithful images of the known world and, in some of them extraordinary “maps of historical routes”, referred to in literature, mythology and tradition. The work had an extraordinary editorial success, due not only to the drawings, but also to its text, which is a true geographical-cartographic encyclopedia, with technical information such as projection methods, taking into account the most important cartographers. Due to its importance and even for a purely decorative interest, the work was subject to continuous mutilation and dismemberment by merchants and collectors, so that today there are very few complete copies in existence. Among these, the original stands out. It is kept in the library of the Military Geographical Institute of Florence, and which has served as a basis and inspiration for this e facsimile, showing the tables as they were finely hand-painted in antiquity.
There is a curiosity in this work, on folio 74 r, in which the mysterious work by Leonardo da Vinci, “The Last Supper”, by Santa María de Gracia in Millán, is mentioned. Because of this, this facsimile edition of the Ortelius Theatrum is under the auspices of the Armand Hammer Center for Leonardo Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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