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Auction 191, Lot 735

"Barbaria", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1662 (published)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

23.1 x 19.6 inches
58.7 x 49.8 cm
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Uncommon map of the Mediterranean coast of Africa, home to the infamous Barbary pirates. Two maps, one above the other. The top map shows the entire coast from the Canary Islands to the Nile delta and includes the Strait of Gibraltar. The bottom map depicts an enlarged area of present day Algiers, from Mare Ibericum to the island of Malta and a bit of Sicily. Sailing ships and galleys, leopards and lions, and a garland-draped title cartouche ornament the map. Latin text on verso.

References: Norwich #296; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #8610:2.

Condition: B+

Contemporary outline color on a sheet with a large watermark of the god Atlas, with a few stains in the upper map at right, light soiling, and minor toning. Centerfold separations at top and bottom have been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $130

Closed on 2/8/2023