"Partie de la Coste de Barbarie en Africque ou sont les Royaumes de Tunis, et Tripoli et Pays Circomvoisins Tires de Sanuto et d'Autres...", Sanson/Mariette
Subject: Northern Africa
Period: 1655 (dated)
Publication: Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde…
Color: Hand Color
21.1 x 14.6 inches
53.6 x 37.1 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: Pastoureau, Sanson V A .
Faint toning along centerfold.