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By: Abraham Ortelius
Subject: Holy Land
Date: 1619 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Condition Code: B+
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Color: hand color
Size: 17.9 x 13.5 inches
45.5 x 34.3 cm
This is Ortelius' third map of the Holy Land. It covers the region from the Nile Delta to Lebanon, and focuses on the desert of the Exodus. Ortelius' map was based on Tilemanno Stella's map of 1557 that became the prototype for the modern cartography of the Holy Land. Stella adapted the coastline and Dead Sea from the configuration of Jacob Ziegler's map of 1532. But here, Ortelius rounds Stella's angular Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba. The map is richly decorated with two elaborate, neoclassical cartouches. The sea is teaming with three ships (one of which is shown with canons firing). This example is from the third of three plates used for the Theatrum. Latin text on verso.
See also lot 828 for a facsimile edition of Ortelius' 1570 Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.
Condition Description: A nice example with minor toning and light scattered foxing.
Ref: Nebenzahl (HL) pp. 84-86; Laor #539; Tooley (TMC-3) p. 28; Van den Broecke #172.