Abraham Cresques

Abraham Cresques
A part of the Catalan Atlas by Cresques Abraham and his son Jehuda Cresques
A part of the Catalan Atlas by Cresques Abraham and his son Jehuda Cresques
Born1325
Died1387
Other namesEliça, son of Rabbi Abraham
Occupationcartographer
Known forCatalan Atlas

Abraham Cresques (Catalan pronunciation: [əβɾəˈam ˈkɾeskəs], 1325–1387), whose real name was Cresques (son of) Abraham, was a 14th-century Jewish cartographer from Palma, Majorca (then part of the Crown of Aragon). In collaboration with his son, Jehuda Cresques, Cresques is credited with the authorship of the celebrated Catalan Atlas of 1375.

Personal life

A Majorcan Jew, Cresques was a master map-maker and builder of clocks, compasses, and other nautical instruments. He was a leading member of the Majorcan cartographic school.

Abraham Cresques's real name was Eliça (a.k.a. Cresques) son of Rabbi Abraham, son of Rabbi Benaviste, son of Rabbi Eliça. Eliça being the name he would have received when he came of age but known as Cresques of Abraham (Cresques being his personal name, Eliça his religious name, Abraham his patronym), but the order is often flipped in most subsequent literature. His son, Jehuda Cresques, was also a notable cartographer.

Other Languages
asturianu: Cresques Abraham
беларуская: Абрахам Крэскас
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Абрагам Крэскас
български: Авраам Крескес
Esperanto: Abraham Cresques
français: Abraham Cresques
Bahasa Indonesia: Abraham Cresques
Nederlands: Abraham Cresques
português: Abraão Cresques
українська: Авраам Крескес