Title/Content of Map: Peregrinationis Divi Pauli Date Printed: 1584Cartographer: Abraham OrteliusMaterial/Medium: Hand color, thick paper, strong impression. Latin text on verso. From the first modern atlas- the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius.Size: 16 x 20.5 inches
750 copies originally printed. Few loose copies remaining. A similar copy of this map sold at Bonhams for $575 back in 2006. More background: Mediterranean map of the travels of St. Paul. Title: PEREGRINATIONIS DIVI PAVLI | TYPVS COROGRAPHICVS. | In quo et novi testamenti, in primis autem apostolorum historiae, | à Sancto Luca descriptæ, omnia ferè loca geogra:|phica, oculis inspicienda, exhibentur. [A chorographical map of divine Paulus' peregrination, based on the the first history of the apostles of the new testament, as described by Saint Luke, on which are displayed, for your eyes to behold, all geographical places,] (Bottom right corner:) "Cum priuilegio Imp. | et Regiæ Maiestatis". [With a privilege from his imperial and royal majesty] (Bottom left corner:) "Abraham Ortelius describebat 1579". [Designed by Abraham Ortelius, 1579.] (Cartouche along bottom:) QVONIAM IGITVR SCIMVS ET PERSVASVM HABEMVS, QVOD QVAMDIV IN CORPORE HABITAMVS, PEREGRINAMVR A DOMINO; PER | FIDEM ENIM AMBVLAMVS, ET NON PER VISVM; PROPTEREA CONFIDIMVS ET PEROPTAMVS PEREGRINARI A CORPORE, ET ES:|SE APVD DOMINVM NOSTRVM. SATAGIMVS AVTEM SIVE PEREGRINI SVMVS, SIVE INCOLÆ, VT ILLI PLACEAMVS. "2. Corinth.5". [Since we know and are convinced that we, as long as we reside in our body, and travel far from the Lord, (for we travel in faith, and not by sight); therefore we believe, and long to travel outside our body, and to be with our Lord. Let us exert ourselves, whether we are at home or abroad, to please Him. 2 Corinth 5[:6-8]. (Lower left:) "Melita insula, D. Pauli | naufragio nobilis". [The isle of Malta, well known because of the shipwreck of Saint Paul.] (The medallion in the upper left shows the conversion of Saulus on his way to Damascus (Acts 9:1-9). God appears in the clouds and directs rays of light to him. Blinded, Saulus falls from his horse and is helped back to his feet. In the background to the right, two men lead the blinded Saulus to Damascus, which can be seen in the background. The medallion top right shows Paulus being shipwrecked on the coast of Malta (Acts 27: 39-44). The victims light a fire. When St. Paul throws extra wood into the fire, a snake bites his hand. He shakes it off into the fire without being hurt, which leads the by-standers to think he is divine (Acts 28: 1-6). Vuylsteke (1983, Vol. 1, p.132) cannot point to an example of these scenes and suggests that Ortelius may have designed them himself). (From leading Ortelius scholar Marcel van den Broecke.)
Abraham Ortelius (1527 - 1598) was a Flemish cartographer & geographer, celebrated as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World). Ortelius' work, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, was the first uniformly sized, systematic collection of maps; this work can therefore be called the first atlas (although the term was not used until 20 years later by Mercator).
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