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Auction 190, Lot 640

"Nova Barbariae Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1644 (circa)

Publication: Nieuwen Atlas

Color: Hand Color

20.6 x 13.9 inches
52.3 x 35.3 cm
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This decorative map of the whole of North Africa covers from Morocco to the Nile delta, with considerable spurious detail in the interior. The land is filled with all kinds of charming elements, including a pair of fanciful dragons, elephants, ostriches, antelopes and monkeys. An interesting little barge lies at the mouth of the Nile. The map is further embellished with decorative title and scale of miles cartouches and a compass rose. German text on verso, published in 1644-58.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8610:1B.

Condition: B+

A crisp impression with full contemporary color and light offsetting, toning and foxing.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $150

Closed on 11/16/2022