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1570 Ortelius Palestine

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"Palestinae sive totius Terrae Promissionis, Nova Descriptio"

Published by Abraham Ortelius, 1570

Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016

This reproduction of the hand-colored copperplate engraving of "Palestinae sive totius Terrae Promissionis, Nova Descriptio" was originally published in Antwerp in 1570 by Abraham Ortelius for his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, considered to be the first modern atlas of the world.

Translated as "A new description of Palestine or the whole Promised Land", the map relays both biblical and modern geography and sets a precedent for maps of the Holy Land for the next three centuries.

In the decorative upper cartouche, Ortelius pays tribute to the promised land with all its goodness and holiness by quoting one of the most famous passages relating to the Holy Land: Antiquisima huius terre appelatio fuit Canaan? Hodie eam terram Sanctam nuncupant?

The baroque title cartouche is equally elaborate, and in typical Ortelius fashion, the map is completed by his signature firing sailing ships and sea monsters.

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.