Auction 129, Lot 721

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

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1595 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Parergon

Color: Hand Color

17.8 x 13.8 inches
45.2 x 35.1 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 first plates, used 1590-1595; from a 1595 Latin edition.

References: Laor #547; van den Broecke #182.

Condition: A

Sharp impression and lovely old color in the map. There is an old paper repair of the fold in the bottom margin and some minor stains and pencil notations in the blank margins.

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

Sold for: $3,250

Closed on 9/23/2009