Lot 526: Blaeu map of Arabia 1661

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2016-01-13 11:47:36

Lot 526: Author: Blaeu, Joannes; Title: Arabia; Place Published: Amsterdam; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: 1661-; Description: Copper-engraved map, hand-colored in outline; elaborate hand-colored pictorial cartouche & scale. 42x52.8 cm (16½x20").Attractive and significant map, one of the first to show internal features of the Arabian Peninsula. Mountains are depicted, oases denoted by trees, and a single wild camel roams the desert. The Red Sea is denoted by three Latin names: Mare Rubrum (Red Sea), Mare Mecca (Sea of Mecca), and Sinus Arabicus (Gulf of Arabia). The large pictorial cartouche depicts traders, cherubim and camels; four sailing ships are to the south and east of the peninsula. Latin text on verso. This map appeared only in the last five editions of Blaeu's Atlas Maior, between 1661 and 1672. Provenance: P.J. Radford, 1972. Condition: Light dampstains in top margin, top edge rough, a few short tear including split at centerfold; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $1000-1500
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