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16th century map of the British Isles

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16th century map of the British Isles

Map of the British Isles, in the 1570 edition of Ortelius Atlas (Theatrum Orbis Terrarum). Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) was a Flemish mapmaker who is considered to have produced the first true atlas (collection of uniform maps in one book). Ortelius worked in Antwerp, the Netherlands. This map is titled: Angliae, Scotiae et Hiberniae (England, Scotland and Ireland). The text at upper right is in Latin and mentions Saxons and Albion (another term for Britain). A royal coat of arms is seen at lower left

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1500s 1570 16th Century Abraham Ortelius Ancient British Isles Cartography Coat Of Arms Country Diagram Dutch Flemish Illustrated Inaccurate Incomplete Ireland Irish Latin Nation Renaissance Scot Land Scottish Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Wales Welsh Library Of Congress


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This print showcases a remarkable piece of history - a 16th-century map of the British Isles. Crafted by Abraham Ortelius, a renowned Flemish mapmaker and considered the pioneer of atlases, this particular map is part of his esteemed work, the 1570 edition of Ortelius Atlas (Theatrum Orbis Terrarum). Titled "Angliae, Scotiae et Hiberniae" which translates to England, Scotland, and Ireland in Latin, this intricate illustration provides a glimpse into the geographical landscape during that era. The text inscribed in Latin at the upper right corner mentions Saxons and Albion - an alternate term for Britain. One cannot help but be captivated by the royal coat of arms prominently displayed at lower left on this ancient cartographic masterpiece. It serves as a testament to the historical significance attached to these lands. While it's important to note that this 16th-century map may not be entirely accurate or complete according to modern standards, its artistic value and contribution to our understanding of British history are undeniable. This beautifully illustrated work offers us insights into how people perceived their world centuries ago. Preserved within the Library of Congress archives, this Dutch-Scottish collaboration between Ortelius and Scottish engraver Michael Fleming stands as an enduring symbol of cultural exchange during Europe's Renaissance period. A true treasure for enthusiasts interested in geography, history, artistry or simply those who appreciate glimpses into our past.

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