Old Map of Scotland
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On May 20, 1570, Gilles Coppens de Diest at Antwerp issued the first modern atlas, Ortelius’ Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, a collection of 53 uniform map sheets and sustaining text bound to form a book for which copper printing plates were specifically engraved. The Ortelius atlas is sometimes referred to as the summary of sixteenth-century cartography. Many of his atlas’s maps were based upon sources that no longer exist or are extremely rare. More than an original concept, the Theatrum was also the most authoritative and successful such work during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
Note: North is to the right. At the time of the printing of this Atlas, the Pope was still at large and believed the world revolved around him. He believed this so strongly that he literally changed the direction of North on the Map to accommodate himself so that the world literally could be revolved around him. North was to the right, because Rome was to the right.