Auctions | July 29, 2020

Ortelius World Map Offered in the Catawiki Cartography Auction

Courtesy of Catawiki

Amsterdam — Catawiki is proud to present a lovely copy of the world view of Ortelius, from his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. The piece has a nice contemporary colouring and minimal wear. Ortelius, who hailed from Brabant, in the south of the Netherlands, was one of the founders of Dutch cartography. His Orbis Terrarum, or “Theatre of the World” is recognised as the first true modern atlas. Many consider it to be a summary of 16th-century cartography, and the start of the Golden Age of Dutch cartography.

Catawiki’s Exclusive Cartography auction will this month feature over 40 of the most sought after maps and views, offered by sellers from throughout Europe. The auction will be online from the 24th July 2pm CET to the 31st July 8pm CET and it is visible at the link:

Harald Fredriks, cartography expert: “This is a very nice example of this scarce world map. Its charming colouring makes it a favourite with collectors.”