Auction 123, Lot 672

"Abrahami Patriarchae Peregrinatio, et Vita", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1586 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.3 x 14 inches
46.5 x 35.6 cm

This is one of the most beautiful Holy Land maps designed and probably engraved by Ortelius himself. It details the wanderings and life of the Patriarch Abraham. The map is displayed as though on a banner hung on a wall, and 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. Latin text on verso, with the Roman numeral V, indicating it is from a 1609 publication of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. This is the second state of the map.

References: Laor #547; van den Broecke #183.

Condition: B+

An attractive example with nice color. The centerfold has been professionally reinforced at top via the paper casting method, with a speck of neatline loss. The margins are trimmed but still ample, with paper invisibly added to the left margin.

Estimate: $3,250 - $4,000

Sold for: $3,000

Closed on 2/20/2008