Sunday, May 20, 2007

Happy Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Day!

On May 20, 1570 Dutch geographer Abraham Ortelius printed the first modern atlas. Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theater of the World was a uniform collection of maps with descriptive texts for each map.

Because of the wonders of the internet you too can enjoy Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Various yearly editions in Latin, Dutch, and German can be viewed online. Enjoy! They sure do not make atlases like this anymore!

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