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1584 Ortelius Holy Land

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"Terra Sancta"

Published by Abraham Ortelius, 1584

Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016

This reproduction of the hand-colored copperplate engraving of "Terra Sancta" was originally published in Antwerp in 1584 by Abraham Ortelius for his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, considered to be the first modern atlas of the world. Focusing on the Holy Land, centered on Samaria, the map was drawn by Christian Schrot, with cartography based on Peter Laicksteen's wall map describing his 1566 visit to the region.

Oriented with north to the left, this striking map is considered the most "modern" of Ortelius's maps of the Holy Land.

The elaborate title cartouche illustrates vignettes of the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The map also has a bold distance scale featuring the head of Medusa, while a dramatic scene depicting Jonah and the whale completes the charting.

We custom-print this facsimile map on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.