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Africae Tabula Nova-Ortelio intera

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Africae Tabula Nova-Ortelio intera

Author: Ortelius

Year/Period: 1587

Size:Inches:15 x 11
CM:38 X 29

Price: $319.99


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Abraham Ortelius (Antwerp 1527-1598) was a Flemish cartographer and geographer, generally recognised as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World) which was published in forty-two editions in seven languages from 1570 to 1612. He is also believed to be the first person to imagine that the continents were joined together before drifting to their present positions. He came to be recognized by his contemporaries as the "Ptolemy of the 16th century". This map of the African continent was published in a 1587 edition of the Atlas and is based on the Gastaldi wall map of 1564 although with modifications such as the more pointed southern tip of the continent. The Ptolemaic notion of two lakes in central Africa as the source of the Nile is maintained. The map shows a magnificent sea battle in the Indian Ocean and a swordfish and a sea monster in the Atlantic. The title is contained in a striking cartouche consisting of a panel flanked by caryatids and strap work.

Engraving Information:

This artistic reproduction of an antique map was made using the same techniques, materials and instruments used for the original. Map is created from a zinc slab that is mounted on a wooden base and printed by hand, a piece at the time, on a press with a limited production size of 20 pieces each time. Map is printed on cotton-paper panels which are glued and mounted on a cotton cloth background "a stacchi" (slightly separated from each other), in order to allow for folding and easier transport. Finally, map is water-colored by hand, making it a truly unique piece, worthy of the original vintage map.