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Auction 190, Lot 638

"Barbariae et Biledulgerid Nova Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1570 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.9 x 13.1 inches
50.5 x 33.3 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: A

A nice impression on a bright sheet with a caduceus watermark and a few small worm holes in the title that have been professionally repaired with a minor amount of the image replaced in facsimile. There are a few additional professional repairs to small chips and tears along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 11/16/2022