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Auction 138, Lot 719

"Terra Sancta, a Petro Laicstain Perlustrata, et ab eius Ore et Schedis a Christiano Schrot in Tabulam Redacta", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20 x 14.5 inches
50.8 x 36.8 cm

This striking map is considered the most 'modern' of Ortelius' maps of the Holy Land. It is a very detailed map, centered on Samaria, with north oriented to the left. The map was drawn by Christian Schrot with cartography based on Peter Laicksteen's wall map describing his 1566 visit to the Holy Land. The elaborate title cartouche incorporates vignettes of the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The map is further adorned with a bold distance scale featuring the head of Medusa and a dramatic scene depicting Jonah falling from a ship into the waiting jaws of the whale. French text on verso.

References: Laor #543; Nebenzahl (HL) plt. 31; Tooley (TMC-3, pp.28-31; Van den Broecke #173.

Condition: B+

Wide margins with marginal soiling. Centerfold separations in top and bottom blank margins, along with a few short tears in blank margins, have been professionally repaired. Some small worm holes in upper corners of the map have been infilled.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200


Closed on 12/7/2011