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Auction 94, Lot 368

"Erythraei Sive Rubri Maris Periplus Olim Ab Arriano Descriptus. Nunc Vero Ab Abrah. Ortelio Ex Eodem Delineatus", Jansson, Jan

Subject: South Asia

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.2 x 15.2 inches
46.2 x 38.6 cm
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Jansson based this map on Ortelius' historical map of the same title. It covers from Egypt to Indonesia as far as Java. In the upper right is an inset of the north pole (Hyperborei) included by Ortelius to remind his readers that despite recent attempts, a passage to the Far East via the North Pole had not yet been found. To balance the composition an inset of "Annonis Periplus" occupies the upper left corner. This small inset represents the Northwest coast of Africa showing part of the explorations of the ancient King Hanno from Carthogo, who legend says was the first to sail around the continent of Africa to reach the Arabian sea. The map is richly engraved with two cartouches, strapwork engraving around the insets and an array of monsters and sailing ships.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $475

Closed on 3/7/2001