Lot 580: Jansson map of Arabia 1660

PBA Galleries

PBA Galleries

2016-01-13 11:47:46

Lot 580: Author: Jansson, Jan; Title: Arabiae Felicis, Petrae ae et Desertae Nova et Accurata Delineatio; Place Published: Amsterdam; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: c.1660; Description: Copper-engraved map, hand-colored in outline; colored pictorial cartouche & scale. 43.5x51 cm (17 ¼x20").Uncommon map of the Arabian Peninsula published during a period of expanding European cartographic knowledge driven by increased trade with the Orient. The coastlines are fairly well represented and the interior contains details of the navigable rivers, with locations of inland towns, largely speculative. The map is among the most decorative maps of Arabia available to collectors, with the interior filled with lions, camels and elephants and a sea monster guarding the Fretum Babelmandel. The map is decorated with two cartouches featuring putti and depictions of the inhabitants of the region. No text on verso. Provenance: P.J. Radford, 1972. Condition: Darkened rectangle approx. 13x2" at left affecting present Egypt and top of Red Sea, a few marginal chips, short tear repaired on verso; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $500-800
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