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Auction 147, Lot 569

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

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

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1590 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18 x 13.9 inches
45.7 x 35.3 cm
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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 the less common first plate, which was used from 1590-95. This example has a blank verso, indicating that it was published in the 1590 Latin edition, of which Van den Broecke estimates that only 20 copies were printed.

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

Condition: A

A fine impression and excellent color on watermarked paper with a few small, manuscript ink notations (on the fourth medallion and on the wooden roller holding up the map).

Estimate: $3,000 - $3,750

Sold for: $2,400

Closed on 11/20/2013