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Auction 130, Lot 784

"Abris der Vestung Tripoli in Barbarien", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Tripoli, Libya

Period: 1720 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Europaeum

Color: Black & White

15.3 x 10.3 inches
38.9 x 26.2 cm
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A stunning view of the fortifications at Tripoli, showing the major buildings and naming them with a numbered key at top. The fort surrounds four mosques, and across the bay a number of batteries are shown. Tripoli was an important base of operation for Barbary pirates throughout much of its history. A delicately engraved compass rose orients north to the lower left corner.


Condition: B+

There is some printer's ink residue within the map, else very good.

Estimate: $120 - $180

Sold for: $90

Closed on 12/2/2009