Auction 155, Lot 555

"Le Fameux Detroit de Gibaltar", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Western Mediterranean

Period: 1705 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Curieux ou le Monde Represente…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
12.4 x 9.3 inches
31.5 x 23.6 cm

This striking engraving depicts the Strait of Gibraltar between the Coste d'Europe and the Coste d'Afrique. The coasts are illustrated with mountainous topography, extending from Cadiz to Gibraltar in Spain, and from Tanger to Ceuta in Morocco. A drape-style inset continues the coastline from Cadiz to Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. Two compass roses orient north to the left of the chart, and the waters are teeming with ships, some engaged in battle. Engraved by C. Inselin.

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Condition: A

Excellent impression and color with a faint damp stain at top center and a short tear in the top blank margin that has been repaired on verso with old paper.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $240

Closed on 11/18/2015

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