Barbaria pars Africae, Comprae: hendens praecipua Loca versus littoria Maris Mediterranei.
$400 / ≈ €348
Estimate: $600 - $720
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The top section spans from the Canary Islands to Tunisia; the bottom section covers Libya and Egypt and extends to include parts of the Middle East.
Deserts, towns and cities, rivers, lakes, islands, and more are identified.
Tangier (Tangia), Alexandria (Alessandria), Cairo (Cayro), Damascus (Damasco), and Mecca are among the cities located. Sicily and parts of Sardinia and Crete are shown, and three ships appear in the Mediterranean in the bottom section. There are intricate and beautiful small illustrations of palm trees, ostriches, a lion, an elephant, and a long line of soldiers pepper the continent, and wonderfully complement the map.
A copper engraving printed in Antwerp in 1593 by Cornelis, the son of Gerard De Jode. Included in the famous "Speculum Orbis Terrarum", full of rare and beautiful prints.
Dare to go in Black. All early maps are printed in black and white and many were kept that way for a long time. A black and white map in an early and strong impression is a rarity now-a-days being so many colored up recently!
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Reference: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.JOD-1b; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8610:32.
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