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.
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.