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Auction 102, Lot 491

"Barbaria", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Africa - Northern

Period: 1662 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

22.6 x 19.4 inches
57.4 x 49.3 cm

Uncommon map of the Mediterranean coast of Africa, home to the infamous Barbary pirates. Two maps, one above the other. The top map shows the entire coast from C. Bajodor to the Nile delta and includes the Strait of Gibraltar. The bottom map depicts an enlarged area of present day Algiers, from Mare Ibericum to the island of Malta and a bit of Sicily. The map is ornamented with several types of sailing ships, leopards and lions and a garland draped title cartouche.

References: Koeman Bl 56:602; Norwich #296.

Condition: B

Lovely original color with slight toning along centerfold and a tiny tear in the lower blank margin. Expertly repaired tear entering bottom map.

Estimate: $475 - $550

Sold for: $350

Closed on 3/5/2003