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Auction 183, Lot 462

"De Kusten van Arabie, het Roode Meer en Persize Zee...", Aa, Pieter van der

Subject: Arabia & Southern Asia

Period: 1710 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

8.9 x 5.9 inches
22.6 x 15 cm
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Wonderful small map covering the coasts of Arabia, Persia and western India. It illustrates the voyages of Duarte de Menezes, who became the Viceroy of Portuguese India. Van der Aa's maps were typical of much cartography of the time, in which more attention was paid to the decorative elements than the geographical accuracy. The Red Sea is distorted and given an arched shape, and many towns are misplaced. The Indian Ocean is filled with a lovely title cartouche that features European merchants trading with Arabs.

References: cf. Ankary #114; Tibbetts #190.

Condition: A

A nice impression with a large fleur-de-lis coat of arms watermark and minor soil in margins, else very fine.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $130

Closed on 6/9/2021