Abraham Ortelius's Typus Orbis Terrarum

Who is Ortelius?

Abraham Ortelius was born in 1527 in the Netherlands. In 1570, Ortelius wrote the first global atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.

While our namesake Abraham Ortelius helped the Early Moderns navigate the world by creating the first global map, we are creating and disseminating an intellectual compass for the Late Modern Era. (from "Why the Ortelian Society?")

Peter Paul Rubens'sPortrait of Abraham Ortelius
Abraham Ortelius's Map of Greece (1584)

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Maxx Tandon,
Chief Editor

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