By: Abraham Ortelius
Date: 1584 (published) Amsterdam
Dimensions: 13.75 x 19.5 inches (35 cm x 49.5 cm)
This is an authentic, antique map of map of Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Caspian Sea and the north eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula including United Arab Emirates and Oman. The map was published by Abraham Ortelius out of Amsterdam circa 1584.
This landmark map of Persia was included in the original Ortelius Atlas, “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum,” first produced in 1570. The atlas was the first to present all maps in a uniform format and is considered to be the first true modern atlas. It was highly successful and from its original seventy maps and eighty-seven bibliographic references in the first edition (1570), the atlas grew through its thirty-one editions to encompass 183 references and 167 maps in 1612.
Throughout the epic publication history of the atlas, this map was one of only a few that never had any changes made to the original plate. The cartography was based on Gastaldi’s map of Asia Minor (1564) and Ortelius’s own map of the Asian continent (1567). The map presents an inaccurate shape to both the Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf. Rivers and Mountain ranges are displayed, and numerous principal cities and towns are noted throughout the map. This is the Latin text edition of the map.
Condition: This map is in A condition with some marginal foxing. Map displays excellent hand coloring over a strong impression with full margins.
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