Auction 149, Lot 683

"Antiquorum Africae Episcopatuum Geographica Descriptio", Tavernier, Melchior

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1640 (dated)

Publication: Geographia Sacra…

Color: Hand Color

20 x 14.6 inches
50.8 x 37.1 cm

This map illustrates the ancient geography of the Barbary Coast from present day Morocco through the Tripoli region of Libya. The Atlas Mountains form a boundary between the coastal empires and Libia Interioris pars which is mostly obscured by the large, strapwork title cartouche. Tavernier's imprint appears in the cartouche at left, while the dedication cartouche at right is left blank.


Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with original outline color in the map and later coloring in the cartouche. There are a few tiny spots of foxing and a hint of offsetting along centerfold. A very attractive example.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $180

Closed on 5/21/2014