14 Facts About Abraham Ortelius


Abraham Ortelius was a Brabantian cartographer, geographer, and cosmographer, conventionally recognized as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum .

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Abraham Ortelius was a notable figure of this school in its golden age and an important geographer of Spain during the age of discovery.

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Abraham Ortelius was the first person proposing that the continents were joined before drifting to their present positions.

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Abraham Ortelius remained close to his cousin Emanuel van Meteren, who would later move to London.

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Abraham Ortelius supplemented his income trading in books, prints, and maps, and his journeys included yearly visits to the Frankfurt book and print fair, where he met Gerardus Mercator in 1554.

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Abraham Ortelius published a two-sheet map of Egypt in 1565, a plan of the Brittenburg castle on the coast of the Netherlands in 1568, an eight-sheet map of Asia in 1567, and a six-sheet map of Spain before the appearance of his atlas.

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In England Abraham Ortelius's contacts included William Camden, Richard Hakluyt, Thomas Penny, Puritan controversialist William Charke, and Humphrey Llwyd, who would contribute the map of England and Wales to Abraham Ortelius's 1573 edition of the Theatrum.

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In 1573, Abraham Ortelius published seventeen supplementary maps under the title Additamentum Theatri Orbis Terrarum.

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Abraham Ortelius had a keen interest and formed a fine collection of coins, medals and antiques, and this resulted in the book Deorum dearumque capita.

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In 1579 Abraham Ortelius brought out his Nomenclator Ptolemaicus and started his Parergon .

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Abraham Ortelius aided Welser in his edition of the Peutinger Table in 1598.

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Contrary to popular belief, Abraham Ortelius, who had no children, never lived at the Mercator-Orteliushuis, but lived at his sister's house .

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Originals of Abraham Ortelius's maps are popular collectors' items and often sell for tens of thousands of dollars.

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Abraham Ortelius was the first to underline the geometrical similarity between the coasts of America and Europe-Africa and to propose continental drift as an explanation.

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