The best place on the web to buy antique maps! Antique Maps, Globes, Charts,
Atlases & Vintage Graphics
Sign In | Search | Browse | Invoice  

Contact us  
Close: Feb 7th  Auction is closed. Bid Status
Terms & Conditions: English  Spanish  French  German 
  Go Directly to Lot #:       
Elaborate Map of the Holy Land, Illustrating the Life of Abraham

« Previous lot Lot #630 - "Abrahami Patriarchae Peregrinatio, et Vita"   Abraham Ortelius Next lot »

Click to see full size image(s)
** Closed **

Lot 630
By: Abraham Ortelius
Subject: Holy Land
Date: 1586 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Condition Code: B+

See Condition Guidelines

Color: hand color

Size: 18.5 x 14.1 inches
         47.0 x 35.9 cm

    Ortelius designed, and probably also engraved this beautiful Holy Land map. It details the wanderings and life of the Patriarch Abraham. The map is displayed as though on a banner hung on a wall; it shows Palestine and a portion of Egypt, inset with a small map of the Middle East from the Mediterranean to the Euphrates River. The imaginative design includes an elaborately engraved frame containing twenty-two scenes illustrating the life of Abraham, spanning his departure from Ur to his death. This is from the second plate, used from 1592-1624, with the hachuring within the medallion border running from upper left to lower right. Latin text on verso, published in 1592.

See also lot 807 for a reference work on cartographers who worked for Ortelius.

Condition Description: An excellent impression on a clean, bright sheet of watermarked paper with professional repairs to several separations along the centerfold as well as to a 1/2" horizontal tear just above the word "Meridies." There is a soft crease in the top blank margin, well away from the image. Very nearly an "A" example.

Ref: Laor #547; Van den Broecke #183.

$2,000.00 - $2,500.00

Sold for: $1,300.00

This auction is closed!
The "Sold for:" amount shown above is the price realized not including the Buyer's Premium.