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£280 Artois c.1587 Ref: 2803
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49x38 cm

Artois.
ATREBATUM REGIONIS VERA DESCRIPTIO.
Johanne Surhonia Montensi auctore.
Cum privilegio Imp. et Regie Ma.tis 


Copper engraving published by Abraham Ortelius in his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum in Antwerp from 1587.

Abraham Ortelius stated that most of the maps were engraved "by the cunning hand of Frans Hogenburg" at Cologne. This map of the Artois region is incorrectly credited to the cartographical work of Jean Surhon but was actually after a map by his father Jacques Surhon created in 1554.

Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) was a Brabantian geographer and cartographer recognised as the creator of the first modern atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. First published in 1570 with 70 maps, the work was re-issued and expanded with additional maps and in several languages until the final appearance in 1612 with 167 maps.

Light water stains to left and right margins, otherwise a very good example from an early German edition with the ship in the sea.

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