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Auction 118, Lot 863

"Carta particolare del Mare Mediterraneo che Comincia con il Capo Teti e Finisce con Folselli in Barberia…", Dudley, Robert (Sir)

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1647 (published)

Publication: Dell Arcano del Mare

Color: Black & White

29.8 x 17.8 inches
75.7 x 45.2 cm

This simple but elegant map is from the first sea atlas based on Mercator's projection. The map covers the famous Barbary Coast (a medieval term for the Maghreb after its Berber inhabitants). This region was the stronghold of the Barbary pirates who preyed on shipping in the western Mediterranean from the time of the Crusades to the early nineteenth century. Dudley, a skilled mathematician and navigator, was exiled from England and settled in Florence where his atlas was published. The chart, beautifully engraved by Antonio Lucini, is embellished with a title cartouche, large compass rose and a sailing ship.


Condition: B

Toned on joint, else very good.

Estimate: $400 - $450

Sold for: $450

Closed on 3/6/2007