Auction 139, Lot 684

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

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1571 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

Size:
20 x 13 inches
50.8 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 53. Only 275 copies of this 1571 Latin edition were printed.

References: Van den Broecke #176.

Condition: B+

Centerfold separation has been repaired on verso with archival material. Narrow left margin as issued with some minor soiling.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $240

Closed on 2/15/2012

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