THE HOLY LAND
Typus Chorographicus, Celebrium Locorum in Regno Judae et Israhel... From the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp
Latin text on verso. Very fine original color highlighted with gold leaf, 14 x 18”. Fine condition.
This beautiful map of the Holy Land is largely based on the 1552 and 1557 maps of Tilemann Stella. It is designed to show the twelve tribes of Judea and Israel. Flamboyantly ornamented, with its title painted in gold leaf, the map has two finely designed cartouches. The one at lower left takes the form of two pedestals that flank two small strapwork cartouches that contain Ortelius’s imperial privilege. The whole is topped by eagles and two reclining angles that hold olive branches.
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, 180; Meurer, p. 149.
Inventory No. 8362