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 Northern Africa 

BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [Early views of Moroccan towns including Tangier]
Tingis Lusitanis, Tangiara. Tzaffin. Septa. Arzilla. Salaa. Cologne, c. 1575, French text edition. Original colour. 330 x 475mm.
Views of the five northern and western African coastal towns on one sheet: Tangiers, Tzaffin, Septa (Ceuta), Arzila, and Sala, published in the first volume of the Civitates Orbis Terrarum, the first series of printed town plans. KOEMAN: B&H 1.
[Ref: 15859]    £400.00 ($508 • €454 rates)

CAMOCIO, Giovanni Francesco. [Scarce 16th century Venetian plan of the fort of Tunis]
Tunesi. Pianta del novo forte de tunesi. Venice: Ferrando and/or Donato Bertelli, c.1575. 225 x 170 mm.
A plan of the new walls built at Tunis after Gabrio Serbelloni captured the city for the Spanish in 1573. Serbelloni (1509-80) , an Italian Knight of Malta and cousin on Pope Pius IV, had fought at Lepanto and helped Jean de la Valette rebuild the fortifications of Malta after the Turkish siege of 1565. However these experiences did not help him at Tunis. In 1574 the Turks attacked, capturing both the city and Serbelloni, who was dragged by his beard to beg his captors for mercy, then taken to Constantinople for ransom. A year later he returned to military service, and took part in the Spanish capture of Maastricht in 1578. He died at home in Milan in 1578, aged seventy. This plan was published in Camocio's 'Isole famose, porti fortezze e terre marittime sottoposte alla Sig.ria di Venezia', a description of the places claimed as subject to the Republic of Venice. A later state, with plate number.
[Ref: 13470]    £320.00 ($406 • €364 rates)

BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [Early views of Mombasa, Aden & Quiloa]
Aden, Arabiæ Foelicis emporium celeberrimi nominis...; Mombaza; Quiloa; Cefala. Cologne, c. 1598, French text edition. Original colour. 340 x 475mm.
Four map-views on one sheet, published in the first volume of the Civitates Orbis Terrarum, the first series of printed town plans. The views are of four of the most important ports in the Indian Ocean: the upper half of the sheet is dedicated to Aden, with Mombasa (Kenya), Kilwa (Tanzania) & Sofala (or Beira, Mozambique) underneath. French text on verso. KOEMAN: B&H 2.
[Ref: 15645]    £600.00 ($762 • €682 rates)

HONDIUS, Jodocus. [Fine map of Morocco and the Canary Islands]
Fessae et Marocchi Regna. Amsterdam, 1609, first French edition. Original colour. 360 x 485mm. Repairs to verdigris on reverse, with attarctive original colouring and strong impression.
Map of northwest Africa, with Morocco and the Canary Islands, in fine, bright original colour. An inset contains a small plan of the harbour of Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera, the Spanish fortress still on the coast of Morocco. KOEMAN: Me 19.
[Ref: 15390]    £450.00 ($572 • €511 rates)

HONDIUS, Jodocus. [Abyssinia]
Abissinorum Sive Pretiosi Joannis Imperiú. Amsterdam, 1613, French text edition. original outline colour. 345 x 490mm. A very fine impression with lovely contemporary colouring.
A highly decorative map of central Africa, with the Congo in an inset top left, and the title in a strap-work cartouche bottom left. The map marked the Kingdom of Prester John, the mythical Christian king descended from David and regarded as an important defence against the barbarians. Originally believing him to be somewhere in the Middle East Pope Alexander III sent John a letter to beg help against the Mongols (1177), but his messenger never returned. As Polo and other travellers opened the East without finding him, Prester John's kingdom retreated into the unknown. Although Waldseemüller's maps of 1507 places him in India, Fries moved him to Africa in 1522. Ortelius followed Fries, and dedicated his map of central Africa to John's son David! Hondius has followed Ortelius, with cities spread throughout the African interior. KOEMAN: Me 23a
[Ref: 7946]    £550.00 ($699 • €625 rates)

HONDIUS, Jodocus. [17th Century map of Egypt]
Aegyptus. London: Henry Featherstone, 1625, English text edition. Coloured. 150 x 190mm, set in text.
First published in the reduced version of the Mercator/ Hondius 'Atlas Minor' of 1607, the printing plates were sold to a London publisher in 1621 and appeared in 'Purchas His Pilgrimies', as this example. Later Dutch editions used new plates by Jansson.
[Ref: 8042]    £100.00 ($127 • €114 rates)

CLOPPENBURG, Johannes. [Guinea]
Guineae Nova Descriptio. Amsterdam, 1630, French text edition. First Edition. 185 x 250mm. Fine impression.
The Guinea coasts of Africa, with an inset of St Thomas, engraved by Dirk Cornilis for Cloppenburg's 'Atlas Minor'. KOEMAN: Me 198.
[Ref: 7874]    £220.00 ($279 • €250 rates)

BLAEU, Johannes. [Morocco]
Fezzæ et Marocchi Regna Africæ Celeberrima, describebat Abrah: Ortelius. Amsterdam, c.1640, French text edition, original colour, 380 x 500mm
A very fine map after Ortelius, depicting Morocco oriented to the west. With a decorative title cartouche in the lower left hand corner surmounted by satyrs bearing crescent moon banners. Galleons sail and are locked in conflict off the coast.
[Ref: 10078]    £350.00 ($445 • €398 rates)

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [The Empire of Prester John in central Africa]
Æthiopia Superior vel Interior; vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperium. Amsterdam, 1640, Latin edition. Original colour. 385 x 505mm.
A decorative map of Eastern Africa with the fictitious kingdom of Prester John, the mythical Christian king. The map shows a wide section of central and eastern Africa including Mozambique north to present day Sudan. Highly embellished with elephants, ostriches and other animals within the map, as well as the decorative cartouche. The two Ptolemaic lakes of Zaire and Zaflan are in the lower portion of the map. Lake Niger, and the supposed course of the Niger River, is shown flowing westward. This map is based on Ortelius' map of Prester John of 1573. The myth of Prester John, the good Christian King of Africa waging his own crusade and defeating the enemies of Christianity, was based upon earlier legends of the Crusaders and is a fascinating piece of early mythological cartographic history KOEMAN: Bl 22.
[Ref: 13304]    £600.00 ($762 • €682 rates)

ORTELIUS, Abraham. [A pirated edition of the Ortelius Epitome map of Egypt]
Ægypti Recentior Descriptio. Venice, c.1655. Coloured. 80 x 105mm.
A miniature map of Egypt. A second title appears outside the neatline. The map was published in 'Il theatro del mondo', an Italian pirate edition of the Ortelius 'Epitome' miniature atlas. First published in 1598, the publication was revived in 1655, forty years after the last edition of the Dutch original. KOEMAN: Ort 70.
[Ref: 14702]    £65.00 ($83 • €74 rates)

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