Auction 130, Lot 782

"Barbariae et Biledulgerid, Nova Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1609 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

Size:
19.8 x 12.8 inches
50.3 x 32.5 cm

Handsome map of the famed Barbary coast based on Gastaldi's Africa. The map extends from Morocco to Libya and the western Mediterranean showing the proximity of the Balearic Islands, Corsica, Sardinia, southern Italy and Sicily. Richly engraved with place names, mountains, and numerous spurious lakes in the Sahara Desert. The title is contained in a strapwork panel across the top. Two fantastic sea monsters and a sailing ship ornament the map. Latin text on verso with page number 114.

References: Van den Broecke #176.

Condition: B+

There are a couple insignificant spots, else very good.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $200

Closed on 12/2/2009

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