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Terra Sancta

Terra Sancta : A. Ortelius

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With three roundels depicting biblical scenes above the title cartouche at top right and a large sailing ship and sea monster at lower left, this is one of the most pictorial of the Ortelius maps. It was published in an edition of the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum", Ortelius' magnificent world atlas, from 1584 onwards - this is a Spanish text edition of 1612. Ortelius' atlas achieved instant fame as "the world's first regularly produced atlas" (Skelton), being the first atlas with maps prepared to a uniform format. It was also an immediate commercial success, being reprinted four times in 1570, the first year of its publication. The atlas was frequently reprinted, with many of the maps re-engraved and up-dated, and new maps added so that later editions contained up to 163 map Ortelius' fame as a publisher can be attributed in part to his using the most up-to-date maps available in his atlas work - this map of the Holy Land is based on the work of Petrus Laicksteen, a Dutch astronomer who collected topographical material on the region during his visit there in 1556, which was later used by Christian Schrot, who published a nine-sheet map of Palestine in 1570.
mapmaker: A. Ortelius  
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1584-1612
medium and colour: Copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 370 by 500mm (14.5 by 19.75 inches).
ref: 34138
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 173.

Price: £ 850

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