Auction 133, Lot 659

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

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1584 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.8 x 13 inches
50.3 x 33 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 100.

References: Van den Broecke #176.

Condition: A

There are a couple tiny edge tears in the top margin, well away from the map.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $275

Closed on 9/1/2010

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