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Auction 166, Lot 705

"Aegypti ac Nobilissimi ejus Fluminis a Cataractis usque ad Ostia Fidelis atque Accurata Descriptio...", Covens & Mortier

Subject: Eastern Egypt

Period: 1746 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Nouveau, Contenant Toutes Les Parties Du Monde

Color: Hand Color

Size:
18.8 x 23.8 inches
47.8 x 60.5 cm
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This handsome and detailed map focuses primarily on the Nile River. The banks of the Nile are teeming with place names, with a key at bottom right identifying cities, towns, ancient villages, tombs, ruins, monasteries, and much more. There are five insets that depict the changing conceptions of the river according to Herodotus, Strabo, Diodorus, Pliny, and Ptolemy. Below these insets, there is an extended note on the geography of the region. The map is adorned with a cartouche containing four distance scales and a decorative title cartouche featuring an allegorical figure, a crocodile, and a tower. Engraved by I. Condet.

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Condition: A

Original color on a watermarked sheet with a small worm hole in an unengraved area.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $170

Closed on 2/14/2018

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