Section of website of Prof. Maryanne Horowitz, History Dept., Occidental College.  Ortelius section was begun in October 2011. Appreciation extends to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a grant to the Occidental College Center for Digital Scholarship. A previous Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant helped produce the John Speed website

Abraham Ortelius, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1579. In Special Collections, Occidental College Library.  Early hand coloring.  The images magnify on-screen. Please acknowledge that images are courtesy of Occidental College Library, Los Angeles, CA. 90041.  For permission to publish an image, write to Special Collections.

 Portrait of Abraham Ortelius

Title Page of Continents Personified

Five Maps Often Displayed as a Set of Wall Maps

World Map





Some Islands
Hispaniola, Cuba

British Isles

Only 2 City Plans (to compare with John Speed's city plans, also on Prof. Horowitz's website)

Insert of Salzburg on lower right of map of jurisdiction of Salzburg

Insert of Crema on upper right of map of fields of Cremona

Some Details
New Spain

Northern Europe

Russia, Muscovia, and Tartaria (a pictorial map)

The Holy Land (has some antiquarian details)

Antiquarian Maps in Parergon (first edition 1579)

Travels of Paul

Roman Empire

Ancient Greece


Also see website on Abraham Ortelius by Dr. Marcel van den Broecke and Dr. Deborah van den Broecke-GŁnzburger.


The above images are discussed by Professor Horowitz in

"Mapping and Telling Tales for Elite and Popular Delight: Abraham Ortelius (1570) and John Speed (1611),"

UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Nov. 30, 2011, 12 p.m. Royce 306.