Cartographica Neerlandica Background for Ortelius Map No. 70


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Title: NOBI:|LIS HAN:|NONIĂ CO:|MITATVS | DESCRIP. | Auctore Iaco:|bo Surhonio | Montano. [A representation of the noble countship of Hannonia, by the author Iacobus Surhonius Montanus]. (Top right:) "Cum privilegijs Imp. et Regi | Maitis ad decenn. | 1579." [With imperial and royal privilege for ten years. 1579]. (Upper left:) "Pays de Haynault tenu | de Dieu et de Soleil". [The land of Hainault, held by God and the sun].

Plate size: 370 x 495 mm
Scale: 1 : 200,000
Identification number: Ort 70 (Koeman/Meurer 81, Karrow:1/116, van der Krogt AN: 3320:31B)

Occurrence in Theatrum editions and page number:

1579/80L2Add20B (250 copies printed), (last line, centred like 3 lines above it: libello non contemnenda de hac recenset.),
1579L(AB)30 (500 copies printed) (1579L(A) identical to 1579/1580L2Add but with different page number; fifth line from the bottom ends: vitreorum va- ; last line, centred like 3 lines above it: libello non contemnenda de hac recenset.); 1579L(B) fifth line from the bottom ends: vitreorum);
1580/1589G30 or 31 (200 copies printed?) (last line, centred like 6 lines above it, in Gothic script: ronern.),
1581F30 (400 copies printed) (last line not available; first line: LessabŠus escrit (ne sšay de quelle autoritÚ) que ceste Prouince estÚ autre-),
1587F36 (250 copies printed) (last line, left aligned, last three words in cursive script: donnÚ le titre "De Tungris & Eburonibus".),
1588S36 (300 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: prouincia.),
1592L38 (525 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: dius quoque,in suo de Tungris & Eburonibus libellulo,non contemnenda de hac recenset.),
1595L40 (few if any, 50 copies printed? No copy found.),
1598F43 (525 copies printed) (last line, left aligned, last three words in cursive script: donnÚ le titre "De Tungris & Eburonibus".),
1598/1610/1613D32 (100 sheets printed) (last line, full width, in Gothic script like the entire text: sen vate.Siet hier af "Guicciardinum", en "LessabŠum",die een bysonder boeck van dese landen geschreven heeft.),
1601L40 (200 copies printed) (last line, left aligned but almost full width: Leodius quoque, in suo de Tungris et Eburonibus libellulo, non contemnenda de hac recenset.),
some 1602G43 (100 copies printed)(no text data available),
1602S43 (250 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: sta prouincia.),
1603L43 (300 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: gris & Eburonibus libellulo , non contemnenda de hac recenset.),
1606E40 (300 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: things.),
1608/1612I48 (300 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: de gli Eburoni.),
1609/1612L47 (300 copies printed) (last line, left aligned, very similar to 1603L but with different page number: gris & Eburonibus libellulo , non contemnenda de hac recenset.),
1609/1612/1641S46 (325 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: d'esta prouincia.).

Approximate number of copies printed: 5175.

States: 70.1 as described;
70.2 between 1592 and 1598 "Fania silva" and "Theoracia silva" were added in the lower right corner; the strapwork in the extreme upper left corner was changed from oblique diagonal hachuring to horizontal and vertical hachuring resulting in upright squares;
70.3 after 1612S and before 1641S "Theodorus Galleus excudit | AntwerpiŠ" was added at the top left of the cartouche.

Cartographic sources: Jacques Surhon made a manuscript map of Hannonia as early as 1548.

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: Note that the four wind directions are not on the frame but just inside it.
For security reasons, this map was only published in 1579, when Antwerp was independent for a short time (Meurer p. 250-251). It continued to be used when its successor Ort71 became available in 1584, and is much more common than Ort71. The text on verso is essentially the same as that of Ort69 and Ort71.

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