Auction 156, Lot 736

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

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1570 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

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. Two fantastic sea monsters and a sailing ship ornament the map. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #176.

Condition: A

A clean and bright example on watermarked paper with two small worm holes and light damp stains confined to far blank margins.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $170

Closed on 2/17/2016

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