Auction 165, Lot 630

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

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

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1586 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 14.1 inches
47 x 35.8 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, with the hachuring within the medallion border running from upper left to lower right. Latin text on verso, published in 1592.

References: Laor #547; Van den Broecke #183.

Condition: B+

An excellent impression on a clean, bright sheet of watermarked paper with professional repairs to several separations along the centerfold as well as to a 1/2" horizontal tear just above the word "Meridies." There is a soft crease in the top blank margin, well away from the image. Very nearly an "A" example.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 11/15/2017