Auction 114, Lot 578

"Aden, Arabiae Foelicis Emporium Celeberrimi Nominis, quo ex India, Aethiopia ... [on sheet with] Mombaza [and] Quiloa [and] Cefala", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Arabia and Eastern Africa

Period: 1589 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
18.5 x 13.2 inches
47 x 33.5 cm

A great folio sheet with plan views of the major ports of Arabia (Yemen) and Eastern Africa. These 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 Mombaza, Quiloa and Cefala. The information for these view was supplied by the Hanse merchant Constantin van Lyskirchen from a Portuguese manuscript. Latin text on verso describes the ports.

References: Norwich, #332; Tooley (MCC) #30.

Condition: B

Fine impression and attractive, period correct, later color. Repair of hole in bottom margin affecting a bit of the border, else very good.

Estimate: $500 - $550

Unsold

Closed on 3/1/2006

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