This is a scarce and beautiful 1584 map of Palestine, Israel or the Holy Land by Abraham Orteilus. It extends from Beirut (Berytus) to Egypt and the Nile Delta and south as far as the Red Sea. This map shows the course of the Israelites as they fled out of Egypt, across the Red Sea into Palestine.
The city of Ramesse is indicated as the starting point of the Biblical Exodus and the wandering of the Hebrews. We can follow their path into the desert and across the Red Sea following Moses' parting of the Red Sea. Now in the Sinai, we can follow the footsteps of the Hebrews to Mount Sinai (Mons Sinai) and their subsequent wanderings in the Sinai over the next forty years before migrating into the Promised Land by crossing the Jordan River just north of the Dead Sea. Forty one stations, each signifying a year of the Wandering, is noted throughout. Numerous Biblical sites are noted throughout.
A beautiful cartouche in the top left quadrant features a description of the region, while another beautifully engraved title cartouche adorns the lower right quadrant. This map was issued by Ortelius in his scarce 1584 issued of Theatrum Orbis Terrarium.
Abraham Ortelius (1527 - 1598) was one of the most important figures in the history of cartography and is most famously credited with the compilation of the seminal 1570 atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, generally considered to be the world's first modern atlas. Ortelius was born in Antwerp and began his cartographic career in 1547 as a typesetter for the Antwerp Guild of St. Luke. In this role Ortelius traveled extensively through Europe where he came into contact with Mercator, under whose influence, he marketed himself as a "scientific geographer". In this course of his long career he published numerous important maps as well as issued several updated editions of his cardinal work, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Late in his career Ortelius was appointed Royal Cartographer to King Phillip II of Spain. On his death in July fourth, 1598, Ortelius' body was buried in St Michael's Præmonstratensian Abbey , Antwerp, where his tombstone reads, Quietis cultor sine lite, uxore, prole.
Ortelius, A., Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp, 1584.
Very good. Minor wear along original centerfold. Original platemark visible.
OCLC Number: 57232682. Laor, E., Maps of the Holy Land: Cartobibliography of Printed Maps, 1475 - 1900, #540B.