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COLLECTION — Volume: 1 Identifier: MS Lat 225

Abraham Ortelius correspondence

Correspondence of 16th-century geographer Abraham Ortelius and his contemporaries.


  • 1563-1608

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)

Autograph letters, signed, by Ortelius to Emmanuel van Meteren, and by Christophe Plantin to Ortelius, concerning their publications and financial compensation. Also includes autograph letters, signed with epigrams on Albrecht Dürer from Johannes Sambucus (János Zsámboki), as well as memorial notices after the deaths of Plantin and Ortelius by Franciscus Raphelengius.

Biographical / Historical

Ortelius was a Flemish geographer, of German origin, who completed the first modern atlas of the world.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

54M-232F-54M-236F. Purchased from Sotheby's; received: 2 June 1955.
Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598. Abraham Ortelius correspondence, 1563-1608: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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