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Auction 138, Lot 815

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

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatro de la Terra Universa

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. French text on verso with page number 115.

References: Van den Broecke #176.

Condition: A

Wide, clean margins with a short centerfold separation in top blank margin that has been repaired with archival materials.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 12/7/2011

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