Catalog Archive
Auction 138, Lot 718

Elaborate Map of the Holy Land, Illustrating the Life of Abraham

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

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1592 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.3 x 14 inches
46.5 x 35.6 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; from the first Latin edition.

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

Condition: C+

Original color with some cracks due to the oxidation of green pigment, which have been closed on verso with Japanese tissue. A 1/2" sized hole to the left of the word "Meridies" has been professionally repaired. There are a few professional paper repairs along centerfold and in blank margins, and paper is a bit brittle.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 12/7/2011