Auction 121, Lot 775

"Nova Barbariae Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Africa - Northern

Period: 1631 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 13.8 inches
52.1 x 35.1 cm

This decorative map of the whole of North Africa covers from Morocco to the Nile delta, with considerable spurious detail in the interior. The land is filled with all kinds of charming detail, including a pair of fanciful dragons, elephants, ostriches, antelopes and monkeys. An interesting little barge lies at the mouth of the Nile. The map is further embellished with decorative title and scale of miles cartouches and a compass rose. French text on verso.


Condition: B+

Nice old color on a sheet with wide original margins. There is a printer's crease next to the centerfold and some small abrasions at lower center. The margins have a couple of spots and a small hole, all well away from the map.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 9/26/2007