Cartographica Neerlandica Background for Ortelius Map No. 178(1)

image of the map


Woodcut size: 190x115 mm, PARERGON | THEATRI (letter press title in simple woodcut frame, plus five lines of text in upper half of the page:)
Descriptione Orbis Terrarum absoluta, en candide lector tres hæ sequentes Tabulæ , quas in gratiam veteris tam sacræ quam profanæ historiæ studiosorum a me delineatas seorsum publicare decreueram ; nihil enim ad nostrum in hoc Theatro, quo tantum hodiernum regionum situm exhibere proposueram, institutum facere videbantur ; victus tamen amicorum precibus, eas in huius nostri operis calcem , tamquam parergon, reieci. [By-work of the Thatrum. Dear reader, after our representation of the world, you have here the three maps that now follow, which I have designed for the benefit of those interested in old history, both sacred and profane. I had decided to publish these in a separate book, because they did not seem relevant to this Theatre where I only show present day locations. But convinced by the request of my friends, and referring to them, I have now in this work of ours added them at the end as an accessory work].
(Below this is the text of Ort181, the travels of St. Paul).

Scale: not applicable.
Identification number: Ort 178(1) (not in Koeman, Meurer or Karrow,); VdKIIIA: 31:2A.

Occurrence in Theatrum editions and page number:
1579L(AB) page 91.

Approximate number of copies printed: 500.

States: one only, 178.1.

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Remarks: these plates have been discussed by R. Shirley (1998) "The title pages to the Theatrum and Parergon", in: "Abraham Ortelius and the first atlas", M. van den Broecke, P. van der Krogt and P.H. Meurer (eds.), HES Publishers, 't Goy-Houten, pp. 161-170.

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