Auction 161, Lot 721

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

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1603 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.9 x 13.1 inches
50.5 x 33.3 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+

On a lightly toned sheet watermarked with a horn coat of arms, a few minor spots of foxing, and a paper flaw in the right blank margin.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $120

Closed on 2/8/2017

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