Maps: 1577 - 1593
Vaclovas Grodeckis - Abraham Ortelius: "POLONIÆ finitimarumque locorum descriptio,” initially in Antwerp, 19.5 x 14.5 inches / 38 x 50.5 cm.,
but later published in many different sizes, in 13 differently-colored versions. All are from "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum," first published in 1570.
1584 Abraham Ortelius: "PRVSSIÆ..." 18 x 14 inches, Antwerp, in two different versions,
with different cartouches, both from his "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum," and both showing
the Memel/Klaipeda area of Lithuania.
1585 Abraham Ortelius -
Philippe Galle: "POLONIÆ
DESCRIPTIO," 7.5 x 10.3
cm, from Ortelius'-
Godreccio's "Il Theatro del
Sebastian Munster: "Landtafel des Ungerlands / Polands / Reussen /Littaw / Walachen und Bulgaren," Basle, 14 x 10", in
four versions from early editions of "Cosmographia," one of the most influential works of the 16th Century.
1588 Sebastian Munster:
"Prussen," 5.5 x 3.5
inches, from "Cosmo-
graphia." (See "Neman"/
Nemunas River up top,
along with Neringa and
From Beach Antique Maps &
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1589 Maciej Strubicz (cartographer) -
Gerard Mercator (engraver) - Martin
Kromer (publisher): "Magni Dvcatvs
Lithvaniӕ Livoniӕ et Moscoviӕ
Descriptio," 39 x 32 cm. Strubicz's only
surviving map. From wikimedia
1592 Abraham Ortelius:
"POLONIA." See the nearly
identical map in a 1598
French edition, published
by Philippe Galle.
1592 Johannes Busse-
macher: "Poloniae finiti-
marum que locurum
descripio auctore," 18.0 x
26.6 cm. Based on
Ortelius' version of
(originally published by
Matthias Quad in
1593 Cornelis de Jode (son of Gerard): "PRVSSIÆ REGIONIS SARMATIÆ..." Antwerp, 18 x
14 inches, from Vol. 2 of his 1593 "Speculum Orbis Terrarum." The geography is based on
Caspar Henneberger’s 1576 woodcut map of Prussia. A not-as-successful, but generally
superior, contemporary of Ortelius, with Ortelius actively obstructing de Jode through his
political connections. Both maps from www.raremaps.com
1593 Matthias Quad: "Prussiæ Descriptio."
Published by Bussemacher, this 11.1 x
13.9 inch map appears to have been based
on the Munster map to the left, but has
more detail. This is a detail image, with
the complete map at the upper left. From
c1579 Philippe Galle (publisher) - Abraham Ortelius: "Livonia nuoa de scriptio Ioanne Portantio auctore," Antwerp, in four versions
from the first French edition of "Le Miroir du Monde" published by Philip Galle. Sheet: 5 x 7 inches / 12 x 18cm. Based on a 1573
map by Jan Portant.
1578 Gerard de Jode:
"Livoniæ nova descriptio,"
Antwerp, from his "Spec-
ulum orbis terrarum."
From the Univ. of Tartu, Estonia:
1579 Matthias Quad: "Poloniæ finitimar-
umque locorum descriptio Auctore
Wenceslau Godretcio..," Cologne, 11.5 x
8.5 inches, reduced from Ortelius' map.
The map is based on Godeckis', which
first published in 1558. See examples on
this page. From www.raremaps.com
World Digital Library: http://www.wdl.org
1590 Gerard Mercator:
"LIVONIA," image 36.7
x 47.5 cm, published in
France. From the National
Library of Latvia:
Ortelius - Philip Galle:
Antwerp, 15.1 x 17.3
inches, in two images,
from Ortelius' "Epitome
Theatri Ortelianai," as
engraved/ published by
Galle. From www.swaen.com
Abraham Ortelius - Jan Portant (original mapmaker) - Christoffel Plantin (publisher): "LIVONIÆ NOVA DESCRIPTIO." Antwerp, 21 x 23 cm. One of
three map images printed on one sheet from his "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum." The other two: "Pomeranianae, Wandalicae regionis typ.; Ducatus
Oswiczensis et Zatoriensis descriptio." Originally created by Portant in 1573.
1578 Gerard de Jode: "Livoniæ
provinciæ ac eius confinium Verus et
elegans typus Io Portantius
cosmographus delinea," Antwerp.
Left half of a plate in "Speculum Orbis
Terrarum," with a detail image. From
1587 Stanisław Sarnicki: [Untitled] from
Annales sive de originis et rebus gestis
Polonorvm et Litvanorvm" (Chronicle of
the origins and history of Poles and
Lithuanians), Cracow, as a manuscript
map. From Małopolska Biblioteka Cyfrowa, via
1593 Jan Portant (mapmaker)
- Johann and Lucas Doetichum
(Deutium) (engravers) -
Cornelis de Jode (publisher):
"Livoniӕ Provinciӕ..., "
Antwerp, from Vol. 2 of
"Speculum Orbis Terrarum."
From the National Library of Finland:
Harvard Map Collection:
|Harvard Map Collection: http://vc.lib.harvard.edu
|CARTOGRAPHIA RAPPERSVILIANA POLONORUM:
1593 : Cornelius de Jode (engraver/publisher): "Poloniӕ Amplissimi Regni [Most noble Kingdom) ..Typvs Geographicvs," Antwerp, 15 x 19¼
inches, in three versions from the second edition of two of the de Jode atlas. This was a new map, completely revising the map of Poland of
the 1578 edition. In addition to substantial cartographic changes, this edition added at lower left the portrait of King Sigismund the Third
(1566-1632), ruler of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1587 (noted on the map) to the year of his death. While highly regarded
by scholars today, De Jode's atlas in which this map appeared was, commercially, no match for Ortelius's.