• Meacham’s ATLAS Part 3 – The Maps

    The first great atlas Atlases have been a vital tool of the civilised world since the Sixteenth Century when in 1570 Abraham Ortelius, a Flemish cartographer and geographer published a huge book of woodcut maps called Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, or Theater of the World. Courtesy of Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.   It was at a time when in Europe the word theatre had an extraordinarily wide and varied meaning from the anatomical theatres in places like Padua where the human body was explored in detail for the first time (see below), and published, with great engravings (Met New York) that looked like maps, by the Dutchman Andreas Vesalius…