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Auction 125, Lot 687

"Nieuwe Paskaart van de Kust van Hispania van 't Klif tot aan Velez Malaga, als mede de Kust van Barbaria", Keulen, Johannes van

Subject: Strait of Gibraltar

Period: 1705 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.8 x 19.8 inches
57.9 x 50.3 cm

This is superb nautical chart of the Strait of Gibraltar, with the coastlines of North Africa and Spain including the Bay of Cadiz. The chart, on a scale of about 1:475,000, provides immense coastal detail with soundings, anchorages and navigational hazards carefully noted. The map is beautifully decorated with elaborate title and imprint cartouches. The scene on the Spanish side, alludes to Spanish bull-fighting with a classical scene of Jason fighting the fire-breathing bulls of Hephaestus with the Golden Fleece hanging from a mighty oak tree. The scene on the North African side features a ruined building and Moorish warriors. A battle scene off the coast of Malaga bears a notation concerning an important battle in the War of the Spanish Succession between Dutch and French navies.


Condition: A+

A fine impression printed on double thick paper with good original margins.

Estimate: $900 - $1,200

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 9/24/2008