Cartographica Neerlandica Background for Ortelius Map No. 178(2)

image of the map

Title: PARERGON, | in quo | VETERIS GEOGRAPHIĘ | aliquot tabulę [Parergon, in which some maps with ancient geography]. (Woodcut with letter press title, plus seven lines of centred text, followed by an index, together full page):
Descriptione Orbis Terrarum absoluta, en candide lector hę sequentes Tabulę , quas in gratiam veteris tam sacrę quam profanę historię 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. [Dear reader, after our representation of the world, you have here the 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 text a two column index with 28 regions/place names.

Woodcut size: 190x125 mm;
Scale: not applicable;
Identification number: Ort 178(2) (not in Koeman, Meurer or Karrow,); VdKANIIIA:31:2B;

Occurrence in Theatrum editions and page number:
1584L only, p. 101.

Approximate number of copies printed: 750.

States: one only; 178(2.1).

Cartographic sources:

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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