Cartographica Neerlandica Background for Ortelius Map No. 33

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Title: CATALONIĈ | PRINCIPATVS | NOVISSIMA | ET ACCVRATA | DESCRIPTIO. | "Antverpiĉ excudebat Joannes Baptista Vrints". [A very recent and accurate depiction of foremost Catalonia] (cartouche lower left, 11 lines of dedicatory text:) "PERILLVSTRIBVS AC CLARISSIMIS VIRIS, | NOBILI FRATRI D[octor]. BERNARDO A CARDONA S[anctus]. MICHAELIS A CVXANO | ABBATI BENEDICTINO, DEPVTATO ECCLESIASTICO, NOBILI D[octor]. HVGONIA | TAMARITO, MILITARI DEPVTATO, IOACHIMO SEIANII CIVI BARCINONĈ | HONORATO, DEPVTATO REGALI, PAVLO PLA VTRIVSQVE IVRIS D[octor]. | CANONICO BARCINONENSIS ECCLESIĈ, ECCLESIASTICO COMPVTORVM | AVDITORI, RAPHAELI RVBI, ET COLL[egii]. V[irorum].I[llustrium].D[octorum]. PODY[um]CERRETAN[ensisi]. | MILITI, BARCINONĈ DOMICILIATO, MILITARI COMPVTORVM AVDITORI, | ET HONORATO MARTI BVRGENSI VILLAE PERPINIANI, REGALI | COMPVTORVM AVDITORI, IN AMPLISSIMO CATALONIĈ PRINCIPATV, | IOANNES BAPTISTA VRINTS D[onum]D[edit].L[ibens].M[erito]". [To the very distinguished and famous lords, the prominent doctor Bernardus of Cardona, Benedictan abbot of the Holy Michael Cuxanus, [or San Miquel de Cuxa], ecclesiastical Deputee, the distinguished Doctor Hugo Tamaritus, military Deputee, Ioachim Seianus, honorary citizen of Barcelona, the royal deputee Paulus Pla, doctor in both [church and worldly] areas of law, canon of the church of Barcelona, ecclesiastical judge of Calculations [of ecclesiastical memorial days], Raphael Rubis, regular member of the college of distinguished gentlemen of the podium of the city of Cerdanya, inhabitant of Barcelona, military judge of Calculations, and also honorary citizen of Perpignan as a result of war, royal judge of Calculations, in the very extended Kingdom of Catalonia, this [map] was eagerly and justly dedicated as a gift by Ioannes Baptista Vrints].
[Abbreviations found in Adriano Cappelli (1929) Dizionario di abbreviature latine et italiane, usate nelle varte e codici specialmente del medio-evo riprodotte con oltre 14000 incisi. Milan].

Plate size: 389 x 493 mm
Scale: 1 : 750,000
Identification number: Ort 33 (Koeman/Meurer: 144, not in Karrow, van der Krogt AN: 6250:31).

Occurrence in Theatrum editions and page number:

few if any 1603L (25 copies printed?),
1608/1612I23 (300 copies printed)(last line first text page, right aligned: Pirenei ; last line second text page, right aligned: & in),
1609/1612/1641S20* (325 copies printed) (last line first text page, right aligned: sobre ; last line second text page, right aligned: ella;
or 22, (last line first text page, right aligned: sus ; last line second text page: neiue,)
1609/1612L22 (300 copies printed) (last line first text page, right aligned: coliberitatum, last line second text page, right aligned: beretur ; last line third text page with page number 22*, right aligned: ritana ; last line fourth text page, left aligned: angulo vbi Sicoris in Iberum influit.).

Approximate number of copies printed: 950.

States: 33.1 as described.
33.2: a post-1612 version exists which is blank on verso and which has a bottom line added in the cartouche "Antverpiĉ excudebat Joannes Gallĉus 1641."
33.3: shortly after 1641 copies appear where the name of Galle is covered by a slip of paper during printing.

References: A. Hernando "The contribution of Ortelius' Theatrum to the Geographical Knowledge of Spain". p. 239-262 in Van den Broecke, van der Krogt & Meurer (eds.) "Abraham Ortelius and the First Atlas", 1998, HES Publishers.

Cartographic sources: this map is a reduced version of Vrients' own Catalonia map which appeared in 6 sheets in 1600, itself based on unknown sources (Meurer p. 89).

Remarks: I have two copies of this map with different Spanish typesetting and with respectively page number 20*, and page number 22. They seem to come from Spanish editions that were separately produced during or after 1609, but the plate appears to be identical for the two of them.


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