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Name Ortelius, Abraham
Other names Oertel, Abraham
Ortels, Abraham

Life Dates 1527-1598
Nationality Flemish
Occupation geographer
cartographer
painter
printmaker
Role Cartographer

Associated Records

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Map Collection - 2014.17.6

"Fessae et Marocchi Regna," Amsterdam, 1606, hand-colored engraving, map by Gerardus Mercator and Jodocus Hondius A map of Morocco with a large inset titled Penon de Velez, showing a fort on the Barbary Coast. The map depicts in detail the Barbary Coast, the Straits of Gibraltar, the Canary Islands and Madeira. The geography is based on an earlier map by Abraham Ortelius.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.7

"Pomeraniae, Wandalicae Regionis Typ / Livoniae Nova Descriptio / Ducatus Oswieczensis, et Zatoriensis, Descriptio," Antwerp, c. 1584, hand-colored engraving, map by Abraham Ortelius Three maps on one sheet representing the Baltic Sea coast from Rugen to Dantzk, the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as parts of southern Poland north of the Carpathian Mountains. From the Latin edition of Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, a systematic compilation of maps that formed what is known as the first "modern atlas" (first published in 1570).

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Map Collection - 2014.17.8

"Illyricum," Antwerp, c. 1584, hand-colored engraving, map by Abraham Ortelius Illyricum, a Roman province, bore great importance to the empire owing to its many commercial ports and gold mines in the area of Dalmatia. The region shown here covers Albania, Croatia, Istria and Dalmatia, with parts of neighboring regions of Bosnia, Slavonia and Hungary. The nominal capitol of the region was the coastal town of Salona, located in the lower right section of the map near the decorative Baroque strap work design cartouche.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.9

"Carinthiae Ducatus, et Goritiae Palatinatus, Wolf. Lazio auctore," Antwerp, c. 1584, hand-colored engraving, map by Abraham Ortelius Three maps on one sheet representing Carinthia in Austria and Istria and Zadar in Croatia. These maps show in detail early towns, mountains, forests, rivers and lakes. At the center of the map of Carinthia is the large city of Villach on the banks of the river Drau. The map of the Dalmatian coast with the area of Zadar is based on an earlier map by Venetian publisher Paulo Forlani.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.3

"Lorraine, Lotharingiae nova Descriptio," Antwerp, 1584, hand-colored engraving, map by Abraham Ortelius Map from the 1584 Latin edition of "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum," the first modern atlas of the World; includes Lorraine, a region in northeast France bordering Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. Multicolor cartouche with "Cum Privilegio decennali" inscription, bottom right of map, with "Ab. Orelius ex cudebat" inscription below. Text page on back of map.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.4

"Rhetiae Alpestris descriptio...Tirolis Comitatus," Antwerp, 1584, hand-colored engraving, map by Abraham Ortelius Two maps on one sheet by Abraham Ortelius, from the 1584 Latin edition of "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum," Tyrol, Austria on the left and Northern Yugoslavia on the right. Text page on back of map.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.5

"Buchaviae, sive Fuldensis Ditionis Typus," Antwerp, 1584, hand-colored engraving, map by Abraham Ortelius Two maps on one sheet by Abraham Ortelius from the 1584 Latin edition of "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum," Waldeck, Germany on the left and Fuld, Germany on the right. Text page on back of map.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.6

"Mansfeldiae Comitatus descriptio," Antwerp, 1584, hand-colored engraving, map by Abraham Ortelius From the 1584 Latin edition of "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum," a regional map of Germany, centered on Mansfield and showing the Salsa River from Bernburgh to Rockendorf, and the Helm River, from Berga to Dorndorff. Partial text page on back of map.

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Map Collection - 2016.6.3

"Tartariae Sive Magni Chami Regni typus," 1608, hand-colored copperplate engraving, map by Abraham Ortelius. Published in the 1608 Italian edition of Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Ortelius' map depicts what was then known as Tartary, an area of land in northern and central Asia extending from the Caspian Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean. It includes Russia, especially modern Siberia, Japan, part of northern China, northern India, and the western coast of North America.