[London]: Review, (2003),
First Edition. octavo, blue boards in pictorial dust jacket. (320)pp. Review, Item #15007
The Theatrum orbis terrarium, published in Antwerp on May 20, 1570, was the world's first atlas. The brainchild of Abraham Ortelius, the Theatrum reflected the zest for exploration and discovery and the linked activities of international commerce and map-making of Antwerp, then the world's liveliest port. The author has drawn on a mass of letters, personal documents, maps and pictures bringing Antwerp, Ortelius and the events of that period vividly to life. Beautiful illustrations in color and black and white. New.