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1595 Ortelius Holy Land

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"Abrahami Patriarchae Peregrinatio et Vita"

Published by Abraham Ortelius, 1595

Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016

This superb reproduction of the historically important and elaborate mapping of the Holy Land, "Abrahami Patriarchae Peregrinatio et Vita", complete with twenty-two medallions depicting the life of Abraham the Patriarch, was originally published in Antwerp by Abraham Ortelius in 1595 for his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Ortelius's exceptional talents as a cartographer, historian and artist culminated in his creation of this biblically-themed engraving.

Ortelius used both Ptolemy and the Bible as sources for the map, and based the medallion scenes on drawings by Maarten de Vos, also of Antwerp.

Of special interest is the illustration of the land of Canaan in the time of the Patriarchs, with the territorial divisions being revised from the story of Abraham in the Book of Genesis.

Among the biblical subjects depicted on the medallion images are Abraham leaving Ur, receiving the promise of the land, the birth of Isaac, the outcasting of Hagar, the sacrifice of Isaac and the funerals of Sarah and Abraham.

The map, originally hand-colored, is embellished with a very detailed biblical cartouche and is framed with an inscription of Abraham's promise.

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.