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Auction 183, Lot 507

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

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1579 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.7 x 12.9 inches
50 x 32.8 cm
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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

A very lightly toned and cockled sheet with the crossed arrows watermark commonly found on Ortelius maps. There are a few tiny spots of foxing and dampstains that enter the bottom corners of the map.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $100

Closed on 6/9/2021

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