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Auction 187, Lot 665

"[Lot of 4] Tripoli di Barbaria, een Roofnest aen de Middellantsche-Zee... [and] Tripoli [and] Tripoli de Barbaria [and] La Citta di Tripoli, Capitale del Regno dello Stesso Nome Sulla Costa di Barbaria, nell' Africa",

Subject: Tripoli, Libya

Period: 1680-1816 (circa)



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A. Tripoli di Barbaria, een Roofnest aen de Middellantsche-Zee... / Tripolis Numidica, Ptolomaei Leptis Magna ad Mare Mediterraeneum..., by Pieter Schenk, from Hecatompolis, sive Totius Orbis Terrarum…, circa 1702, black & white (10.4 x 8.3"). This exquisitely engraved view presents Tripoli from the vantage of the Mediterranean. Ships and galleys appear in the foreground, with one of them firing its cannons. The architecture and fortifications of Tripoli are shown in nice detail. The Latin title notes that the city is famous for its pirates. Reference: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SCHE-1a #89. Condition: A fine impression. Remargined with archival materials to accommodate framing. (A)

B. Tripoli, by John Luffman, dated 1816, hand color (8.1 x 5.4"). This simple map of Tripoli is nonetheless full of interesting details, including depth soundings, anchorages, and other navigational information in the bay. It notes the city and castle. The text at bottom reads in part, "Tripoli, the capital of a Republic of the same name, is seated on a sandy plain, on the Barbary coast; it has a strong castle, and a large population. [t]he Port still retains some commerce, but its principal support is derived from its piracies." Condition: There is light offsetting from an opposing sheet and a short edge tear in the bottom blank margin. (B+)

C. Tripoli de Barbaria, by Jacques Peeters, circa 1680, black & white (10.4 x 4.2"). This sweeping view of Tripoli shows vessels in the water, including a galleons firing its guns. The fortifications and architecture are nicely rendered for an engraving of this size. Condition: A crisp impression on a sheet with a fleur-de-lis coat of arms watermark and marginal soiling. (A)

D. La Citta di Tripoli, Capitale del Regno dello Stesso Nome Sulla Costa di Barbaria, nell' Africa, by Giambattista Albrizzi, from Lo Stato Presente di Tutti i Paesi e Popoli del Mondo... Volume XXVI,, published 1766, black & white (6.4 x 4.1"). This attractive view of Tripoli was published in Albrizzi's Italian edition of Thomas Salmon's Modern History. Several ships fill the port, and the walls and towers of the city are nicely rendered. Condition: Issued folding with light offsetting from an opposing page of text and some light staining mostly confined to the upper blank margin. (B+)



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Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $110

Closed on 4/27/2022