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Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598.
Palaestinae sive totivs Terrae Promissionis nova descriptio avctore Tilemanno Stella Sigenensi.
Copperplate engraving, colored by hand, 34 x 45 cm. In Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, [Antwerp, 1601]
Ortelius's Theatrum was the first modern "atlas," as we use the term today. It was published in various editions from 1570 to 1612, and contained several maps of the Holy Land. Ortelius included the work of many mapmakers in his atlases. Tilemano Stella's map of Palestine was originally issued in 1557; this variant of the third state of the map was first published in 1595. Covering the area from the Nile Delta to the coast of Phoenicia, the map focuses on the route of the Exodus, and shows the Promised Land and the location of the twelve Tribes of Israel.





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