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This beautifully detailed map, created by Abraham Ortelius and based on the work of Ignazio Danti, depicts the region around Perugia in central Italy. The map showcases Lake Trasimeno (Trasimennvs Lacvs), various surrounding territories, and the geographic features like mountains and rivers. The cartouche is richly adorned, with a compass rose indicating cardinal directions and a scale bar at the bottom left corner.

Ignazio Danti was an Italian mathematician, astronomer, and cartographer, born in 1536 and known for his significant contributions to the fields of geography and cartography during the Renaissance period. He was a member of the Dominican Order and served as a professor of mathematics at the University of Bologna. Danti is particularly noted for his collaboration with grand ducal projects, including the creation of several important maps and globes.

Danti's work extended beyond theoretical studies; he was actively involved in practical applications of his knowledge. He contributed to the design and construction of sundials, astrolabes, and other astronomical instruments. His most renowned project was his involvement in the production of maps for the Vatican’s Gallery of Maps, a monumental undertaking commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII to decorate the Vatican with a series of large-scale maps of Italy.

The map is based on Danti's 1580 Perugia map, engraved by Mario Cartaro (Meurer pages 136-137).

Condition Description
Engraving on 17th-century laid Spanish text on verso (1641). Some staining.
Van den Broecke 136. 1609/1612/1641S95 (325 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: tos. Dize Plinio 2.cap.107. que este lago en algun tiempo aya quemada todo.).
Abraham Ortelius Biography

Abraham Ortelius is perhaps the best known and most frequently collected of all sixteenth-century mapmakers. Ortelius started his career as a map colorist. In 1547 he entered the Antwerp guild of St Luke as afsetter van Karten. His early career was as a business man, and most of his journeys before 1560, were for commercial purposes. In 1560, while traveling with Gerard Mercator to Trier, Lorraine, and Poitiers, he seems to have been attracted, largely by Mercator’s influence, towards a career as a scientific geographer. From that point forward, he devoted himself to the compilation of his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World), which would become the first modern atlas.

In 1564 he completed his “mappemonde", an eight-sheet map of the world. The only extant copy of this great map is in the library of the University of Basel. Ortelius also published a map of Egypt in 1565, a plan of Brittenburg Castle on the coast of the Netherlands, and a map of Asia, prior to 1570.

On May 20, 1570, Ortelius’ Theatrum Orbis Terrarum first appeared in an edition of 70 maps. By the time of his death in 1598, a total of 25 editions were published including editions in Latin, Italian, German, French, and Dutch. Later editions would also be issued in Spanish and English by Ortelius’ successors, Vrients and Plantin, the former adding a number of maps to the atlas, the final edition of which was issued in 1612. Most of the maps in Ortelius' Theatrum were drawn from the works of a number of other mapmakers from around the world; a list of 87 authors is given by Ortelius himself

In 1573, Ortelius published seventeen supplementary maps under the title of Additamentum Theatri Orbis Terrarum. In 1575 he was appointed geographer to the king of Spain, Philip II, on the recommendation of Arias Montanus, who vouched for his orthodoxy (his family, as early as 1535, had fallen under suspicion of Protestantism). In 1578 he laid the basis of a critical treatment of ancient geography with his Synonymia geographica (issued by the Plantin press at Antwerp and republished as Thesaurus geographicus in 1596). In 1584 he issued his Nomenclator Ptolemaicus, a Parergon (a series of maps illustrating ancient history, sacred and secular). Late in life, he also aided Welser in his edition of the Peutinger Table (1598).