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HRC 55 Ortelius, Abraham (1527-1598). Letters, 1549-1607, written to cartographer and geographer Abraham Ortelius or his nephew Jacobus Colius (1563-1628), a London-based merchant. 44 items: paper, various dimensions. Written principally in Latin, with occasional letters in Dutch, French, or Italian. Contents include: 1-5. Arias Montano, Benito (1527-1598). Letters, 1576-1596, Rome, Seville, Camp Florido near Seville, Camp Flores near Seville to Abraham Ortelius. 5 items. Written in Latin; 6. Assonleville, Christophe d'. Letter, 1587 June 12, Antwerp to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in French; 7-8. Barbosa, Emanuel. Letters, 1593 September 26 and 1594 December 1, Porto to Abraham Ortelius. 2 items. Written in Latin; 9. Barvicius, Johannes. Letter, 1578 October 7, to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 10. Bizzarri, Pietro (b. 1525?). Poem, 1570, to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 11. Camden, William (1551-1623). Letter, 1577 September 24, London to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 12. Colius, Jacobus (1563-1628). Letter, 1597 October 18, Rome to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 13. Danti, Ignazio (1536-1586). Letter, 1580 December 24, Rome to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Italian; 14. Dycchius, Andreas. Letter, 1596 October 25, Venice to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 15-16. Fabius, Scipio. Letters, 1561 June 16 and 1565 April 14, Bologna to Abraham Ortelius. 2 items. Written in Latin. Scipio Fabius was a physician to whom Ortelius dedicated his second world map; 17. Hakluyt, Richard (d. 1591). Letter, circa 1590, London to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 18. La Planche, Adam de. Letter, 1595 October 27, Paris to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in French; 19. Magdeburg, Hiob (1518-1595). Letter, 1574 March 8, Lubek [=Lübeck] to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 20. Matal, Jean (1520-1597). Letter, 1575 October 21, Cologne to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 21. Matal, Jean (1520-1597). Letter, 1580 December 29, Cologne to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 22-23. Mercator, Gerhard (1512-1594). Letters, 1570 November 22 and 1572 May 9, Duysburg [=Duisburg] to Abraham Ortelius. 2 items. Written in Latin; 24. Michaelis, Laurentius (16th century). Letter, 1583 September 28 (October 8), Jever to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 25. Monau, Jacob (1546-1603). Letter, 1579 October 15, Breslau to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item; original seal attached. Written in Latin; 26. Moravus, Johannes Jonas. Letter, 1590 April 10, Frankfurt to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 27. Mylius, Arnold (1540-1604). Letter, 1594 December 26, Cologne to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 28. Occo, Adolf (1524-1606). Letter, 1582 November 15 (or 5), Augsburg to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 29-30. Orlandi, Cesare, Count (1527-after 1575). Letters, 1572 May 15 and 1574 April 26, Rome to Abraham Ortelius. 2 items. Written in Latin and Italian; 31. Ortelius, Abraham (1527-1598). Letter, 1590 August 25, Antwerp to Jacobus Colius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 32. Pigafetta, Filippo (1533-1604). Letter, 1591 July 31, Rome to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 33-37. Radermacher, Johan (1538-1617). Letters, 1603-1607, Middleburg to Jacobus Colius. 5 items. Written in Latin; 38. Rogers, Daniel (1538-1590). Letter, 1572 October 20, Windsor to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 39. Roma, Johan. Letter, 1583 June 25, Augsburg to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 40. Sadeler, Jan (1550-1600), and Sadeler, Raphael (circa 1560-circa 1632). Letter, 1594 March 28, Munich to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Dutch; 41. Secovius, Nicolaus. Letter, 1579 November 1, Naples to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 42. Vendville, Jean, Bishop of Tournai (d. 1592). Letter, 1568 June 21, Douay [=Douai] to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item. Written in Latin; 43. Vivianus, Johannes (d. 1598). Letter, 1594 June 20, Aix-la-Chapelle [=Aachen] to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item; original seal attached. Written in Latin; 44. Werdenstein, Johann Georg von (1542-1608). Letter, 1596 August 10, Augsburg to Abraham Ortelius. 1 item; also includes letter from Johan Jacques Rüeger to Werdenstein. Written in Latin. Provenance: Jacobus Colius bequeathed the letters to the Dutch Church in Austin Friars, London; housed in Guildhall Library in 1862; Dr. Otto Fischer; [sold at Sotheby's, 17-18 June 1968?]; offered in several lots by New York bookseller H. P. Kraus in his Catalogue 124, Monumenta Cartographica; purchased by the Ransom Center in 1972. Bibliography: Jan Hendrik Hessels, ed., Abrahami Ortellii (geographi Antverpiensis) et virorvm ervditorvm ad evndem et ad Jacobvm Colivm Ortelianvm (Abrahami Ortelii sororis filivm) epistvlae, Ecclesiae Londino-Batavae Archivum, vol. 1 (Cambridge: University Press, 1887); W. J. C. Moens, Review of Ecclesiae Londino-Batavae Archivum in The English Historical Review (1891): 385-393; David Cleaves, "Abraham Ortelius: Reading an Atlas through Letters," Library Chronicle 23, no. 4 (1993): 130-43. Use: Unrestricted, for either reading room or classroom use. Complete digital facsimile available. Information folder: Yes


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