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Arabiae Felicis, Petraeae Et Desertae

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Arabiae Felicis, Petraeae Et Desertae : J. Jansson

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A highly decorative and important map of the Arabian peninsula, the first large folio atlas map to be devoted to present-day Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. Jan Jansson was one of the two most successful atlas publishers of mid-century Amsterdam producing atlases comprising elegantly designed and finely engraved maps of all known parts of the world. This map is decorated with many charming depictions of animals, a sea monster, and sailing tall ships, the islands and sandbanks of the Gulf and Red Sea are clearly delineated, and a note at Medina identifies it as the seat of Muhammed's successors. With attractive hand colour from one of the foremost Dutch mapmakers of the cartographical "Golden Age", this is a rare example.
mapmaker: J. Jansson
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1658
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 440 by 515mm (17.25 by 20.25 inches).
ref: 38383
literature: Tibbetts, Arabia In Early Maps, 101

Price: £ 2400

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