A great folio sheet with plan views of the major ports of Arabia (Yemen) and Eastern Africa. These important Indian Ocean trading ports were important re-supply points for European traders in the Far East. The top half of the sheet is taken up with a fabulous coastal view of the city of Aden with numerous ships in the harbor and surrounding sea. The city is surrounded by several hills, each topped by a castle. Below are three separate views of Momabza, Quiloa and Cefala. The information for these view was supplied by the Hanse merchant Constantin van Lyskirchen from a Portuguese manuscript. French text on verso describes the ports.
References: Norwich, #332; Tooley (MCC) #30.
Lovely original color. Some uneven toning, else very good.