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Abraham Ortelius: "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum"

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World) is considered to be the first true modern atlas. Written by Abraham Ortelius and printed in Antwerp (1570), it consisted of a collection of maps and text, all of it bound together to form a book. Many of his maps were based upon sources that no longer exist or are extremely rare. After the initial release of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Ortelius regularly revised and expanded the atlas until his death in 1598.

Although there are a lot of images scattered online, a comprehensive collection of the maps can be found on wikimedia commons:




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