1535 Map of Carthage


CARTHAGINIS | CELEBERRIMI | SINVS TYPVS. | "Cum priuilegio." [A map of the bay of most famous Carthago, with privilege]. (Lower right corner:) "Tunes capta & in Christianorum | potestatem redacta est a Carolo | quinto Romanorum Imperatore | Anno a Christi nato M.D.XXXV". [Tunis has been taken and returned to Christian governance by Charles the Fifth, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in the year after the birth of Christ 1535].

Publisher / engraver : Ortelius, Abraham * 1527-1598 *

Abraham Ortelius - 1528-1598

Abraham Ortel, better known as Abraham Ortelius, published the First World Atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum . He was a huge success.

Abraham Ortelius wurde in Antwerpen geboren. Ortelius war die lateinische Version seines richtigen Namens Ortel. Ortelius, beziehungsweise Ortel hatte Griechisch, Latein und Mathematik studiert. In Antwerpen etablierte er sich bald als Buchhändler und Kartograph. Sein grosser Erfolg wurde der Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Dies war vermutlich die erste Sammlung von Landkarten in Buchform - 20 Jahre bevor Mercator seinen Weltatlas herausgab. Im Jahr 1570, als die erste Ausgabe von Theatrum Orbis Terrarum erschien, war das Wort Atlas noch nicht in Gebrauch. Der Grafiker für den Atlas war übrigens Frans Hogenberg.
The Theatrum Orbis Terrarum was so successful that it had to be reissued 4 times in the first year of the show alone. Overall, the Atlas was published between 1570 and 1612 in 42 editions and in 7 languages ​​- Latin, German, French, French, Spanish, English and Italian. An enormous success for a cartographer of the 16th century! Abraham Ortelius was also the first to give the references for his maps by mentioning the cartographer. The laying of maps was then by and large a blatant copying each other.

The later editions after 1598 were relocated by Jan Baptiste Vrients. He had acquired the rights following the death of Abraham Ortelius from his heirs.

"Carthaginis Celeberrimisinus Typus" Copper etching by Abraham Ortelius Hand coloring. Dated 1585.

Detailed map of the coast from Bona on the left to Aphrica ol. Aphrodiseum on the right. In the upper right is the Italian island of Pantelleria. Part of the aquaduct of Cartago is shown. In the lower center is Arsenale Tunis. Notice the historical sailing vessels in the sea.

The upper and left margins have been added very professionally. A few minor spots in margins.

14.1 x 23 cm ( 5.5 x 9 ")

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