Auction 113, Lot 771

"Barbariae et Biledulgerid, Nova Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1579 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.5 x 13 inches
49.5 x 33 cm

Handsome map of the famed Barbary coast based on Gastaldi's Africa. Extends from Morocco to Libya and the western Mediterranean including the Balearic Islands, Corsica, Sardinia, southern Italy and Sicily. Richly engraved with place names, mountains, and numerous spurious lakes in the Sahara Desert. Title contained in a strapwork panel across the top. Two fantastic sea monsters and a sailing ship ornament the map. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #176.

Condition: A

Old paper repair on recto in bottom margin.

Estimate: $475 - $550

Sold for: $325

Closed on 12/7/2005

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