Elaborate Map of the Holy Land, Illustrating the Life of Abraham
"Abrahami Patriarchae Peregrinatio, et Vita", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Holy Land
Period: 1602 (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, which was used from 1590-1624. German text on verso.
References: Laor #547; Van den Broecke #183.
Watermarked paper with original color that has been partially refreshed. There is light toning and a few small cracks that have been archivally reinforced.