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Abraham Ortelius: Lacus Lemani

Map: SWAS1482
 
Cartographer: Abraham Ortelius
Title: Lacus Lemani
Date: 1609
Published: Antwerp
Width: 20 inches / 51 cm
Height: 15 inches / 39 cm
Map ref: SWAS1482
Description:
Rare map of Lake Geneva and its environs. Published only in the later editions of Ortelius' atlas from 1608 onwards. The map is dedicated by the publisher Johann Baptist Vrients to Ortelius' nephew and heir, Jacob Cool.

A charming contemporary description of Lake Geneva is printed on the verso in Latin. It describes the region in glowing terms, such as...
"The air in the region around the lake is pure, and the soil is fertile, particularly at the bank extending to the Swiss. It is a lovely region, rich in vines yielding good wine called Ripalium or Rivalium after the Ripa [bank] of the lake of Lausanne. Its pastures provide abundant food for all sorts of animals. The soil is particularly fertile around the Graic Alps, now called the lesser Saint Bernard mountain range, caused by the sun obliquely casting its rays at this mountain range at sunset."
Original hand-colour. [SWAS1482]