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  ASIA 
 Near East 

LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van. [Early sea chart of the Middle East]
Deliniantur in hac tabula, Orae maritimae Abexiae freti Mecani: al. Maris Rubri: Arabiae, Ormi, Persiae.. Amsterdam, c.1596. 390 x 540mm, with unusually generous margins.
A highly decorative map, engraved by Henricus van Langren for Linschoten's Itinerario, a manual for sailing to the East Indies, based on Linschoten's own experiences. It displays all the features that made this period the golden age of decorative cartography: the titles, in Latin and Dutch, are within a strapwork cartouche, also including the scales; across the Indian Ocean is a large, finely-engraved compass rose, surmounted by a fruit garland; sea-monsters and galleons fill the seas, while a lion, elephant and camel appear in Arabia, and just south of Delhi are a pair of unicorns. The map shows Cyprus top left, Bokhara and Samarkand top right, Sumatra bottom right and Ethiopia bottom left, with Delhi, Bahrain and Kabul named. All are synonymous with the famed riches of the East, the inspiration for the Itinerario. TIBBETS: 46.
[Ref: 17696]    £7,000.00 ($9,170 • €7,910 rates)


  AFRICA 
 Southern Africa 

LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van. [Two important 16th century maps of Southern Africa]
Typus orarum maritimarum Guineæ, Manicongo, & Angolæ ultra promontorium Bonæ Spei Usq... [&] Delineatio Orarum maritimarum, Terræ vulgo indigetatæ Terra do Natal... Amsterdam, c.1596. Coloured. Two maps, c. 400 x 540mm. Backed with restorer's tissue.
Two highly decorative maps, engraved by Arnold van Langren for Linschoten's 'Itinerario', a sailing guide to the East Indies that broke the Portuguese monopoly on the trade routes. The western map shows the South Atlantic from Sierra Leone to the Cape of Good Hope, with inset coastal profiles of St Helena and Ascension Island, with a note describing the sirens swimming in Lake Zaire. The second shows the south east coast of Africa with Madagascar, to the Maldives and tips of India and Sri Lanka. Both are filled with decoration: ornate strapwork title and scale cartouches; compass roses, galleons and sea-monsters.
[Ref: 17222]    £12,000.00 ($15,720 • €13,560 rates)


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