Cartographica Neerlandica Background for Ortelius Map No. 141


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Title: INSVLARVM ALIQVOT MARIS | MEDITERRANEI DESCRIPTIO. | "Cum priuilegio". [A representation of some islands in the Mediterranean sea. With privilege].

Plate size: 360 x 475. Six maps on one plate.

Identification number: Ort 141 (vdKrogtAN: 7500:31, see further below).

Title 141a: Sardinia

Scale: 1 : 1.6 million. Size: 230 x 98 mm;
Identification number: Ort 141a (Koeman/Meurer: 38a, Karrow: 1/53);
States: 141a.1 only.

Cartographic sources: Gastaldi, Licinio, Arquer (Meurer p.96, Karrow p. 8)

Title 141b: Sicilia | "Insula descripta a Iacobo Castaldo | Pedemontano cosmographo" [The island of Sicily drawn by Iacobus Gastaldi, cosmographer from Piemont].

Scale: 1 : 1.7 million. Size: 180 x 235 mm;
Identification number: Ort 141b (Koeman/Meurer: 38b, Karrow: 1/52);
States: 141b.1 as described.
141b.2: between 1592 and 1595, stippling was added behind the name of Sicilia in the sea.

Cartographic sources: Gastaldi, 1545 (Meurer p. 154, Karrow p. 218).

Title 141c: "CORFV." [Kerkyra]

Scale: 1 : 600,000. Size: 222 x 96 mm;
Identification number: Ort 141c (Koeman/Meurer: 38c, Karrow: 1/54);
States: 141c.1 only.

Cartographic sources: Bertelli, 1564 (Meurer p. 94, Karrow p. 8), and/or Bordonius and N. Nicolay, according to Brandmair.

Title 141d: Zerbi "insula | olim Lotophagitis." [The isle of Djerba, once of the Lotos eaters].

Scale: 1 : 400,000. Size: 104 x 153 mm;
Identification number: Ort 141d (Koeman/Meurer: 38d, Karrow: 1/55);
States: 141d.1 only.

Cartographic sources: anonymous Italian single sheet map (Meurer p. 90, Karrow p. 8)

Title 141e: ELBA. "His montibus sunt | ferri fodinæ". [In these mountains there are iron mines]. "His montibus | Magnes | reperitur". [In these mountains magnesium is found].

Scale: 1 : 500,000. Size: 103 x 120 mm;
Identification number: Ort 141e (Koeman/Meurer: 38e, Karrow:1/56);
States: 141e.1 only.

Cartographic sources: anonymous Italian single sheet map (Meurer p. 90, Karrow p. 8).

Title 141f: Malta | "olim | Melita Insula". [The isle of Malta, once called Melita].

Scale: 1 : 250,000. Size: 103 x 155 mm;
Identification number: Ort 141f (Koeman/Meurer: 38f, Karrow:1/57);
States: 141f.1 only.

Cartographic sources: Lafreri, Jean Quintin (1500-1561) (Meurer p. 95, Karrow p. 8).

Occurrence in Theatrum editions and page number:
1570L(AC)38 (225 copies printed) (title line SICILIA followed by a diamond-shaped dot; third text line ends Cereri & ; last line, left aligned: nem Africanum,lib.4.Descriptionis Africæ.),
1570L(B)38 (100 copies printed) (title line SICILIA followed by a round dot; third text line ends Cereri ; last line, left aligned: nem Africanum,lib.4.Descriptionis Africæ.),
1571L38 (275 copies printed) (title line SICILIA followed by a round dot; third text line ends Cereri; last line, left aligned: nem Africanum,lib.4.Descriptionis Africæ.),
1571/1573D38 (350 copies printed) (last line, in cursive script, centred: "de ander behoeflycke dinghen moetender in ghebracht worden".),
1572G38Koler (pasted over p.38 of a 1570L edition; few copies printed)(last line, left aligned, in Gothic script except for the first two words: anne Leone aus Africa/in seinem vierdten Buch der Beschreibung des Landes Africæ.),
1572/1573G38 (225 copies printed) (last line, in Gothic script, centred like one line above it: sachen mussen doselbst von andern ortern dohin gebracht werden.),
1572/1574F38 (225 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: Turc,qui les tenoit assiegez l'An 1565, de telle force & puissance, que c'est vn miracle, que n'auoir esté vaincus de luy. ; order of islands texts: Sicily, Sardegne, Corfv, Zerbi, Elba, Malta.),
1573L(A)50 (40 copies printed) (17th line from the top ends: Siculum, ; last line, left aligned: lib.4. Descriptionis Africæ.),
1573L(B)50 (40 copies printed) (17th line from the top ends: Siculum,qui ; last line, left aligned: lib.4.Descriptionis Africæ.),
1574L50 (175 copies printed) (large page number, 11 mm; small round dot after title Sicilia; 6th textline ends: Oppidorum,amnium ; last line, left aligned: Descriptionis Africæ.),
1575L50 (100 copies printed) (small page number, 7 mm; heavy diamond-shaped dot after title Sicilia; 6th textline ends: Oppidorum , amnium ; last line, left aligned: Descriptionis Africæ.),
1579L(A)69 (250 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: ptionis Africæ ; page number 69 positioned below 4.Descri- of penultimate text line.),
1579L(B)69 (250 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: ptionis Africæ ; page number 69 positioned below Africanum of penultimate text line.),
1580/1589G69 (350 copies printed) (last line, left aligned, in Gothic script like the entire text: auß Africa/im 4.Buch seiner beschreibung Africæ.),
1581F69 (400 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: che,que de n'auoir esté vaincuz de luy. ; order of islands texts: Sicily, Sardegne, Corfv, Zerbi, Elba, Malta.),
1584L76 (750 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: ptionis Africæ.),
1587F76 (250 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: tacle, que de n'auoir esté vaincuz de luy. ; order of islands texts: Sicily, Sardegne, Corfv, Zerbi, Elba, Malta.),
1588S76 (300 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: de la descripcion de Africa.),
1592L82 (525 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: Descriptionis Africæ.),
1595L87 (500 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: dine,& quibus gubernetur , lege Ioannem Leonem Africanum, libr.4. Descriptionis Africæ.),
1598F88 (525 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: vaincuz de luy.; order of islands texts: Sicily, Sardegne, Corfv, Zerbi, Elba, Malta.),
1598/1610/1613D60 (100 copies printed) (last line, left aligned, in Gothic script: ende Olyven : de ander behoeflijcke dinghen moetender van buyten in ghebracht worden.),
1601L87 (200 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: dine,&quibus gubernetur,lege Ioannem Leonem Africanum,libr.4.Descriptionis Africæ.),
1602G90 (250 copies printed) (last line, left aligned, in Gothic script like the entire text: im 4. Buch seiner beschreibung Africæ.),
1602S90 (250 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: de la descripcion de Africa.),
1603L90 (300 copies printed) (text, but not typesetting and page number, identical to 1609/1612L; last line, full width: situ,magnitudine,& quibus gubernetur, lege Ioannę Leonem Africanû,libr.4.Descriptionis Africæ.),
1606E87 (300 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: "Africanus", in his fourth booke of his description of "Africa".),
1608/1612I99 (300 copies printed) (last line, in cursive script like one line above it, left aligned: "dezza di lei,& da chi gouernata sia, leggi appo Leone Africano nel 4. libro della descrittion dell'Africa".),
1609/1612L100 (300 copies printed) (text, but not page number and typesetting, identical with 1603L; last line, full width: situ,magnitudine,& quibus gubernetur, lege Ioannę Leonę Africanû,libr.4.Descriptionis Africæ.),
1609/1612/1641S100 (325 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: da. De su situacion, y de quienes es gouernada leeras en Ioan Leon Africano, lib.4.de la descripcion de Africa.).

Approximate number of copies printed: 8175

Remarks: on Ort 141f there is a ship sinking at Cala di S. Paulo, where Saint Paul is supposed to have shipwrecked and landed.

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