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: Theatri Orbis Terrarum Parergon
Color: Hand Color
17.8 x 13.8 inches
45.2 x 35.1 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 1624.
References: Laor #547; Van den Broecke #183.
A bright sheet with marginal soiling and professional repairs along the centerfold to a few minor separations and small worm holes, with a portion of the letter "T" in "VITA" within the title skillfully replaced in facsimile. A hole in the left blank margin has also been professionally repaired.