Journey and Life of the Patriarch Abraham


This map tracing the life of the patriarch Abraham was published in Antwerp in 1590 by Abraham Ortelius (1527-98), the Flemish publisher who created the world’s first atlas. It is the first printing of a map by Tilemann Stella (circa 1525-89), a German cartographer, geographer, and mathematician. The inset map at the upper left shows Abraham’s journey to the Holy Land from the land of his birth, identified in the Bible as Ur of the Chaldees. The main map shows places in the Holy Land identified with Abraham, and is framed with colored illustrations of scenes from Abraham’s long and eventful life.

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Publication Information

Officina Plantiniana, Antwerp


Title in Original Language

Abrahami Patriarchae peregrinatio et vita

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Physical Description

Copperplate; 350 x 452 millimeters

Last updated: September 29, 2014