Map: Africae Tabula Nova, by Abraham Ortelius, 1570

Map: Africae Tabula Nova, by Abraham Ortelius, 1570

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Map: Africae Tabula Nova, by Abraham Ortelius, 1570
Map: Africae Tabula Nova, by Abraham Ortelius, 1570
Map: Africae Tabula Nova, by Abraham Ortelius, 1570
Map: Africae Tabula Nova, by Abraham Ortelius, 1570
Map: Africae Tabula Nova, by Abraham Ortelius, 1570

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This striking map is one of the cornerstone maps of Africa and remained the standard map of Africa well into the seventeenth century. It was designed by Abraham Ortelius from elements of contemporary maps by Gastaldi, Mercator, and Forlani and was incorporated into "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" in 1570. Often considered the world’s first modern atlas, Theatrum was at the time the most expensive book ever published. Despite this, it was still very popular and went through 31 printings from 1570 to 1612, with a total of approximately 8175 copies printed. It is estimated that there are currently approximately 275 loose copies of this map in circulation. This beautiful map was engraved by Frans Hogenberg who engraved many of the maps for the Theatrum. This example was obtained already framed and matted, so the reverse is not visible and the exact publication date not known, however, I believe this map is from an edition between 1598 and 1612 because it shows the defect in the title cartouche which appeared sometime between 1595 and 1598, due to a crack in the copperplate, which progressively worsened with each edition. Regardless of the exact publication date, the date of "1570" is clearly shown in the title cartouche. At some time between 1606 and 1612 the date was removed, though some 1612 editions have the date and others do not. This map is beautifully period hand colored and in very good condition (a few age spots, no losses to plate area), as professionally framed and matted over 10 years ago.

Plate dimensions are 375 mm x 504 mm (14 3/4" x 19 13/16") and the framed dimensions are 537 mm x 645 mm (21 1/8" x 25 3/16") . Having acquired a small collection of antique maps at a very reasonable price from a private party, we can sell this fabulous map for far less than you will find it currently offered anywhere else, with most copies selling for between $1500 and $4000. Please search the internet for this map and confirm for yourself how good a deal it is. Sorry the photography isn’t the best, as the photos were taken in the frame under glass to avoid damaging the framing. Yellowing around the outside of the matting, not affecting the map.

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Item Details:

  • Reference #
  • M1162
  • Quantity
  • 1
  • Category
  • Books, Paper & Magazines
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Maker
  • Abraham Ortelius
  • Year
  • ca. 1600
  • Dimensions
  • Width: 0 inch
  • Height: 0 inch
  • Depth: 0 inch
  • Weight: 0 pound
  • Condition
  • VG

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