Antique Map Auction Sale No. 133 - closed 9/1/2010
A fabulous coastal view of the city of Aden surrounded by several hills, each topped by a castle, which served as lights to guide mariners into port. Aden was one of the most important Arabian trade cities and the view imparts its prominence with scenes of ship building and heavily laden ships in the harbor. This is the top half of a folio sheet, which also included views of other Arabian and Eastern Africa ports. Information for the view was supplied by the Hanse merchant Constantin van Lyskirchen from a Portuguese manuscript. Latin text on verso describes the port of Aden.