ORTELIUS’ MAP OF THE HOLY LAND HIGHLIGHTED IN GOLD LEAF
Palaestinae Sive Totivs Terrae Promissionis Nova Descriptio... From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp
Latin text on verso. Very fine original color highlighted with gold leaf, 13-1/4 x 17-3/4”. Fine condition.
The first issue of a map of the Holy Land based on the work of Tilemann Stella. It was specifically designed to trace the wanderings of the Israelites in the Wilderness. This example of the map is unusual in that it has the name “Maris Mediterranei Pars” highlighted in gold leaf.
The Theatrum was among the most important of all Renaissance books. It was the first modern atlas –the first systematic collection of maps that included all parts of the world, with the maps in a uniform format.
Ortelius collected the best available maps of the various countries and had them re-engraved in a uniform size. It is the first printed book of any kind to footnote sources. The maps are some of the most beautiful ever published, with great cartouches and embellishments in the mannerist style.
Van den Broecke, 172 (replacing 171).
Inventory No. 8363