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In 1998 it is four hundred years ago that the Antwerp cartographer Abraham Ortelius died. The Amsterdam University Library (UB) organizes a memorial exhibition, from 12 June - 21 August, dedicated to the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first "real" atlas, which was published in Antwerp in 1570. The UB has a large collection of atlases by Abraham Ortelius. A selection of these have been added to the UBAweb.

There will also be an exhibition in Antwerp:
The Museum Plantin-Moretus organizes an exhibition about the Antwerp cartographer from 20 November 1998 till the end of February 1999.

For more information about Ortelius see the list of recent and expected publications.

The Low Countries in Antiquity (1584):
This map shows Ortelius's great admiration for classical antiquity. It was included in his atlas of the classical world, the Parergon. It is the first reliable historical map of the Low Countries, based on Julius Caesar. It was dedicated to the city council and the people of Antwerp. Until the 18th century, this map was unrivalled.

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Last modified: 1 July 1998   Golden oldies
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