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Last NameOrtelius    
Given NameAbraham    
alt. NamesA. O. ;    
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Year born1527 in Antwerp / Antwerpen, nowadays Netherlands    
Year died1598    
Place of deathAntwerp / Antwerpen, nowadays Netherlands    
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Educationby his uncle Jakob van Meteren and autodidactically Greek, Latin and mathematics; since 1547 member of the Antwerpen guild of printers    
Country of ActivityNetherlands    
Worked forTheatrum Orbis Terrarum (1st ed. 1570, between 1570 & 1612 published in 42 editions in 7 languages: Latin, German, Dutch, French, spanisch, Englisch & Italian) ; map "The East Indies" (Antwerp 1570) ;    
Patronage    
Collaboratorscartographer ->Gerhard Mercator ; for printer Christoph Plantin / Christoffel Plantijn in Antwerpe, A. O. hand-coloured hundreds of maps ;    
Techniquescartographical, geographical, and topographic map-making and copper-engraving ; hand-colouring of hundreds of maps    
Sample(s)http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Islandia_%28Abraham_Ortelius%29.jpg ; http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ortelius_-_Maris_Pacifici_1589.jpg    
Archival sourceswww.uni-mannheim.de/mateo/desbillons/atlas.html and www.orteliusmaps.com/    
Published sourcesP. H. Meurer: Fontes cartographici Orteliani: das "Theatrum orbis terrarum"& seine Kartenquellen (Weinheim 1991) ; Marcel van den Broecke: A. O.atlas maps: Illustrated Guide (1996) ; A. O.& The First Atlas-Essays (1998) ; Nils Büttner: Die Erfindung der Landschaft (Göttingen 2000: 69) ; D. Woodward: Hist. Cartogr. 3: 603 ; Grees 2002: 16f. ; Abraham Ortelius. Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Gedruckt zu Nuermberg durch Johann Koler Anno MDLXXII. Mit einer Einführung & Erläuterungen von Ute Schneider (2nd edition, Darmstadt 2007) ; John Blake: Vermessung der Meere, 2007: 8 & 46ff. ; Walter 1994: plates 11B, 11C, 11D, 11E, 11F, 11G & 19 ;    
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