Auction 160, Lot 751

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

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1592 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.7 x 12.9 inches
50 x 32.8 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: B

Full original color on watermarked paper with toning along the centerfold and a few short marginal tears. There are several worm tracks along the centerfold that have been closed with old paper on verso.

Estimate: $240 - $300


Closed on 11/16/2016