Auction 146, Lot 742

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

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

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, and 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: B

On watermarked paper with wide, original margins and all edges gilt. There is scattered light foxing and a printer's crease at right.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/4/2013

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