A General Mapp of the Coast of Barbarie Where In Are the Kingdoms, and Estates of Morocco, Fe, Algier, Tunis, and Tripolis…
By: Richard Blome
Date: 1667 (Published) London
Dimensions: 14 x 42.5 inches (35.6 x 108 cm)
This lovely decorative two-sheet map of the Mediterranean and North Africa was published in English by Richard Blome in 1667. Blome based it on an earlier map in French by Nicolas Sanson, who was Royal Geographer to King Louis XIII of France, who is regarded as the father of French cartography.
The map extends from the Atlantic Ocean and includes northwestern Africa, the Straits of Gibralter and southwestern Portugal and Spain all the way to the eastern Mediterranean. It also includes all of northern Africa, part of Arabia, Cyprus, and the Red Sea. It is centered on Sicily and Malta.
Along the top are 36 coats of arms which illustrate Blome’s ability to raise money by subscription. The names are from illustrious families such as the Third Earl of Norhthampton, and Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, and Elias Ashmole, whose bequest of books and manuscripts formed the basis of Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum.
The map is embellished in the style of the era with sailing ships, sea monsters, lions, horses, elephants, ostriches, etc. Blome’s version of the map of this region is one of the earliest to appear in an English language atlas.
The map was engraved by Francis Lamb for Blome's Geographical Description of the World in Four Parts was the first English Atlas of the the World engraved and published in England. This map was engraved by Francis Lamb.
Condition: This linen-backed map is in B condition. Separations have been repaired and stabilized by the linen backing. Toning is fairly even, with some soiling in places.
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