"Barbariae et Biledulgerid, Nova Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Northern Africa
Period: 1584 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
19.8 x 13 inches
50.3 x 33 cm
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.
Full contemporary color on a sheet with a coat of arms watermark. There is light, uneven toning, a few small spots, and a minor centerfold separation near the center of the image. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.