Auction 130, Lot 783

"Partie de la Coste de Barbarie en Africque ou sont les Royaumes de Tunis, et Tripoli…", Sanson/Mariette

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1655 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
21 x 14.5 inches
53.3 x 36.8 cm

This is a handsome and interesting map of present-day Tunisia and Libya with the strategic islands of Malta in the Mediterranean. The topography is shown to be quite mountainous with numerous oasis located and shown in the European manner of forests. In the Gulf of Sidra is the Syrtis Maior, a dangerous sandbank and the ancient name for the gulf. The title is engraved on a drape-style cartouche from which a pair of adorable sea monsters hang. Engraved by Joannes Somer and published in Paris by Pierre Mariette.

References:

Condition: B+

Faint toning along centerfold.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Unsold

Closed on 12/2/2009

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