"Royme, et Desert de Barca et l'Egypte Divisee en ses Douze Cassifs, ou Gouvernemens", Sanson/Mariette
Subject: Northern Africa
Period: 1655 (dated)
Publication: Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde...
Color: Hand Color
20.6 x 13.6 inches
52.3 x 34.5 cm
This attractive map covers northern Africa from Tripoli to the Red Sea. The topography is mostly spurious with numerous mountain ranges and oases prominently located. The plinth-style title cartouche is flanked by pyramids. Engraved by Jean Somer.
References: Pastoureau, SANSON V A .
A crisp impression with contemporary outline color on a bright sheet with a large easel watermark. There is a bit of extraneous creasing along the centerfold, a small abrasion in southern Egypt, and light soiling. There are dampstains along the edges of the sheet, entering the image at bottom left and center.