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MÜNSTER, S. - View of Algiers from Munster's Cosmographia, with portrait of the Ottoman pirate Barbarossa

MÜNSTER, S. - View of Algiers from Munster's Cosmographia, with portrait of the Ottoman pirate Barbarossa
View of Algiers from Munster's Cosmographia, with portrait of the Ottoman pirate Barbarossa - MÜNSTER, S.
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Title : View of Algiers from Munster's Cosmographia, with portrait of the Ottoman pirate Barbarossa.
Map maker : MÜNSTER, S..
Date : Germany, ca. 1550.
Size : 13.4 x 8.5 inches. / 34.0 x 21.5 cm.
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Description :Leaf from a German edition of Sebastian Münster's Cosmographia, ca. 1550. Front side of the page shows a large in-text view of the city of Algiers, under siege from Spanish troops in 1518. On verso an in-text woodcut portrait of the pirate Barbarossa, who had captured the city of Algiers in 1516.

Barbarossa ("redbeard" in Italian) was one of the most (in)famous corsairs of the Mediterranean, attacking Western European ships, and Islands that were controlled by Chirstians (he even managed to capture the pope's own trading galley). In ca. 1505 he established his base on the Island of Djerba, and in 1516 even went as far to attack and capture the city of Algiers. Barbarossa died in 1518 in a fight with Spanish troops.


Condition : A fair copy. Some scattered foxing/soiling, tiny tear in top margin backed, light damp staining on bottom right.


ID: 90557

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