Who first used the name 'atlas' to define a set of maps?

Abraham Ortelius
Claudius Ptolemy
Gerhard Mercator
Eugeniusz Romer
Gerardus Mercator was a 16th-­cen­tu­ry Ger­man-Flem­ish car­tog­ra­pher, ge­og­ra­pher and cos­mo­g­ra­pher. He was renowned for creating the 1569 world map based on a new pro­jec­tion which rep­re­sent­ed sailing courses of constant bearing as straight lines—an in­no­va­tion that is still employed in nautical charts. Mercator was one of the founders of the Nether­lan­dish school of car­tog­ra­phy.

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Abraham Ortelius
Claudius Ptolemy
Gerhard Mercator
Eugeniusz Romer
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