Leave it to the Catholics to destroy existence.
HE DID IT AGAIN
A map of Northern Europe from the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by 16th-century Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius.
A map of Iceland circa 1590 by Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius. Ortelius is considered to have been the creator of the first mordern Atlas.
Frontispiece to THEATRVM ORBIS TERRARVM, meaning “Theater of the World”, by Abraham Ortelius… considered to be the first true modern atlas — 1570
Sea monsters in Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius (1603)
THE FIRST MODERN ATLAS
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
The Theatre of the World
On May 20 of 1570 Gilles Coppens de Diest at Antwerp published 53 maps created by Abraham Ortelius under the title Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Ortellius continued to revise the maps; twenty-five editions came out before his death in 1598; and several others were published subsequently, for the atlas continued to be in demand till about 1612.
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum consisted of a collection of uniform map sheets and sustaining text bound to form a book for which copper printing plates were specifically engraved. The Ortelius atlas is sometimes referred to as the summary of sixteenth-century cartography.
At the time of its publication, it was the most expensive book ever produced.
These two images may well be of the same version of Ortellius’ world map. They appear very similar. One is from the English version of Wikipedia, the other is from the Dutch version.