Barbariae Et Biledvlgerid Nova Descriptio
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From Ortelius' magnificent atlas, the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum", this is an early and attractive map of northern Africa from the Atlantic coast of Morocco to east of Tunisia. The atlas in which this map appeared achieved instant fame as "the world's first regularly produced atlas" (Skelton), being the first atlas with maps prepared to a uniform format. It was also an immediate commercial success, being reprinted four times in 1570. The atlas was frequently reprinted up to 1612, with many of the maps re-engraved and up-dated, and new maps added so that later editions contained up to 163 map sheets. The maps were finely engraved, often very decorative with sea monsters and ships in the sea areas, and generally found with text on the reverse - French on this example. Repairs to marginal wormhole damage but otherwise a very attractive example.
region: Maps of Northern Africa
mapmaker: A. Ortelius
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1570 - 1598
medium and colour: copperplate, Colouredref: 43440
size in mm: 510 by 340mm (20 by 13.5 inches).
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 176, Fr 115
Price: £ 600
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