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Auction 145, Lot 757

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

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1588 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 12.8 inches
49.8 x 32.5 cm
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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, and two fantastic sea monsters and a sailing ship ornament the map. Spanish text on verso with page number 100.

References: Van den Broecke #176.

Condition: B

Old color on watermarked paper with a few stains, a couple of tiny abrasions, and some creasing adjacent to centerfold. There is a centerfold separation in bottom blank margin that has been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 6/12/2013