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Auction 125, Lot 822

"Barbaria", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23 x 19.5 inches
58.4 x 49.5 cm

Uncommon map of the Mediterranean coast of Africa, home to the infamous Barbary pirates. Two maps, one above the other. The top map shows the entire coast from C. Bajodor to the Nile delta and includes the Strait of Gibraltar. The bottom map depicts an enlarged area of present day Algiers, from Mare Ibericum to the island of Malta and a bit of Sicily. Several types of sailing ships and galleys, leopards and lions and a garland draped title cartouche ornament the map. Latin text on verso.

References: Norwich #296.

Condition: A

There is a short centerfold split not reaching the neatline, and some minor marginal soiling. Some faint show through of color on verso.

Estimate: $400 - $600

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/24/2008