Auction 148, Lot 728

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

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1571 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.9 x 13 inches
50.5 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. Dutch text on verso with page number 53, published between 1571-73.

References: Van den Broecke #176.

Condition: B+

Original color on watermarked paper with damp stains in blank margins, entering map border in a few areas.

Estimate: $350 - $425


Closed on 2/19/2014