"Typus Chorographicus, Celebrium Locorum in Regno Iudae et Israhel. Arte Factus a Tilemanno Stella Sigenensi", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Holy Land
Period: 1586 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
18.2 x 13.9 inches
46.2 x 35.3 cm
This is a superb map of the ancient kingdoms of Judea and Israel based on Tilleman Stella's maps of 1552 and 1557. The coastline extends from Beirut, here named Berytus in the north to El-Arish, named Rhinocorura in the south. This is a fine example of Ortelius' engraving style ornamented with two extraordinary strapwork and figural cartouches. A key identifies major cities, priestly and sanctuary towns, Philistine cities, and places belonging to the tribes of Ephraim and Simeon. The map is dated 1586 but was published in 1603. Latin text on verso.
References: Laor #546D; Map Collector Magazine, Issue 3, pp. 28-31; Van den Broecke #180.
A sharp impression on a clean, bright sheet with the horn coat of arms watermark that is commonly seen on Ortelius' maps. There is minor offsetting and show-through of text on verso.