Tilemanno Stella. “Mansfieldiae Comitatus Descriptio.” From Abraham Ortelius’ Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Antwerp: A. Ortelius, 1571. 14 3/8 x 16 7/8. Engraving. Full original hand coloring. Full margins. Very good condition. Latin text on verso.
A handsome map of Mansfeld-Südharz from ‘the first modern atlas, Abraham Ortelius’ Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, or ‘Theater of the World.’ The publication of this atlas marked an epoch in the history of cartography, for it is the first uniform and systematic collection of maps of the whole world based only on contemporary knowledge since the days of Ptolemy. Through his collecting and his antiques business, Ortelius was able to research contemporary maps, becoming the greatest expert of his day in the bibliography of maps. Ortelius based his work on the best maps available, drawing all the maps himself with the celebrated Frans Hogenberg cutting most of the plates. Unlike other atlas-makers, Ortelius cited the authors of the original maps from which he compiled his work, as in this case with this map drawn by Tilemanno Stella.