- Abraham Ortelius
- Belgium (Antwerp)
Although the word 'atlas' here is retrospective (i.e it did not exist as a term in Ortelius' time), the collection was the first time maps had been presented in this way.
NB - the lower case letters for the orbis terrarum are correct (see Britannica Macro Encyclopedia).
Source: P. 54, Geographical magazine, July 2005. http://www.artelino.com/articles/abraham_ortelius.asp http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/gnrlort.html