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Abraham Ortelius, “Typus Orbis Terrarum” (1570-)
This world map by Ortelius was published in his first Atlas and it is by far his most famous map. His representation of the world grouped all the latest knowledge available in the 16th century. This map had a huge cultural impact.
To make his world map, Ortelius used Marco Pollo’s 13th century travel reports to depict Asia, the Indian archipelago was drawn using Portuguese exploration knowledge, while the Spanish brought back much information on the Pacific.
The addition of sea monsters was for largely for marketing: maps with sea monsters sold better than maps without the mythical creatures.
On this world map, the North Pole consists of four islands that are separated by rivers.
In Ortelius’ time, people were convinced that it was possible to sail to the Far East via the North Pole.The search for this “Northern passage” took many lives.
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Size: 60 x 45 cm (18 x 24 inches).
Paper: Museum-quality, heavyweight, fine art matte German paper – 200 gsm.
Printing process: Giclée print with real pigment inks.
Shipping method: Rolled in postal tube – The frame is not included – Free tracked shipping.