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Auction 143, Lot 755

"Nova Barbariae Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1631 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 13.8 inches
52.1 x 35.1 cm
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This decorative map of the whole of North Africa covers from Morocco to the Nile delta, with considerable spurious detail in the interior. The land is filled with all kinds of charming detail, including a pair of fanciful dragons, elephants, ostriches, antelopes and monkeys. An interesting little barge lies at the mouth of the Nile. The map is further embellished with decorative title and scale of miles cartouches and a compass rose.


Condition: B+

Attractive color with light toning and a vertical crease to the right of the centerfold.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $275

Closed on 2/13/2013