Cartographica Neerlandica Background for Ortelius Map No. 63


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Title: LEODIENSIS DIOCESIS TYPVS [A map of the diocese LiŔge]. (bottom right corner:) "Cum gratia et privi:|legio decennali, A. Ort". [In friendship, with a ten year privilege by Abraham Ortelius].

Plate size: 379 x 497 mm
Scale: 1 : 500,000
Identification number: Ort 63 (Koeman/Meurer: 100, Karrow: 1/143, van der Krogt AN: 3360:31A)

Occurrence in Theatrum editions and page number:

1584L3Addblank (100 copies printed) (identical with 1584L, but here without page number; last line, left aligned: Leodium,& Placentium. Adde,si lubet,Lotharingiam Francisci Roserij.),
1584G3Add4 in upper right corner (75 copies printed) (last line, left aligned, in Gothic script like the entire text: Roserij Lotringen hievon besehen.),
1585F3Add9 (75 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: la Lorraine de Franšois des Rosiers.),
1584L33 (750 copies printed) (identical with 1584L3Add, but here with page number; last line, left aligned: Leodium,& Placentium. Adde,si lubet,Lotharingiam Francisci Roserij.),
1587F33 (250 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: la Lorraine de Franšois des Rosiers.),
1588S33 (300 copies printed) (last line, centred like 5 lines above it: Lotharingia de Francisco Roserio.),
1592L35 (525 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: tum Leodium,& Placentium. Adde,si lubet, Lotharingiam Francisci Roserij.),
1595L37 (500 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: centium. Adde,si lubet,Lotharingiam Francisci Roserij.),
1598/1610/1613D29 (100 copies printed) (last line, left aligned, in Gothic script like the entire text: den blijckt.),
1598F40 (525 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: la Lorraine de Franšois des Rosiers.),
1601L37 (200 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: Adde , si lubet , Lotharingiam Francisci Roserij.),
1602G40 (250 copies printed) (last line, left aligned, in Gothic script like the entire text: hieuon besehen.),
1602S40 (250 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: tharingia de Francisco Roserio.),
1603blank (Vri1) has no text or page number,
1603L40 (300 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: lubet, Lotharingiam Francisci Roserij.),
1606E37 (300 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: Roserius "his description of" Loraigne.),
1608/1612I44 (300 copies printed) (last line, full width: il Guicciardino,Huberto da Liege,&Placentio; aggiungi,se ti aggrada,la Lorena del Rosiero.),
1609/1612L43 (300 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: lubet,Lotharingiam Francisci Roserij.),
1609/1612/1641S42 or 44 (325 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: a˝ada la Lotharingia de Francisco Roserio.).

Approximate number of copies printed: 5425.

States: 63.1 as described.
63.2: from 1595L onwards the area behind "Scala Milliarum Leodiensis" receives stippling. In the "Scala Milliarum Leodiensis" the three number 7 have a curve in the downward stroke in the second state, while these 7's are straight in the first state. Previously, I thought this was a new plate which I called Ort64 see also below.
62.3: between 1603L and 1606E, "Semoy Fluv." was added in two places near the river in the upper right.
63.4: after 1612S, the text "Theodorus Galle excudit AntuerpiŠ" was added at the bottom, left of the centrefold.

Cartographic sources: a manuscript map by Jan van Schille, which was also used by de Jode for his 1578 edition, and which was more closely represented in de Jode's 1593 edition (Meurer p. 231-232).

References: H.A.M. van der Heijden "Ortelius and the Netherlands", p. 271-290 in: M. van den Broecke, P. van der Krogt and P. Meurer (eds.) "Abraham Ortelius and the First Atlas", HES Publishers, 1998.

Remarks: Joe Walker has demonstrated that plate blemishes such as scratches and spurious dots occurring on Ort 63 also occurred on plate Ort 64. Therefore, the existence of a separate plate Ort 64 cannot be upheld. Walker has published his arguments in a monograph "The Maps of Ortelius and their Variants", Antiquarian Maps Research Monographs - 1, which can be obtained from him on request through Email Martran@msn.com

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