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  ASIA 
 Arabia 

PTOLEMY, Claudius. [A rare and important 15th century map of Arabia]
Sexta Asie Tabula. Ulm, Johan Reger, 1482-86. Woodcut, original colour, slightly retouched. 300 x 565mm. Some restoration mainly to bottom margin.
The Arabian peninsula from an incunabula edition of Ptolemy's Geographia , within a trapezoid border with metal type for the lettering. The title is on the verso with a Latin-text description, with a coloured capital. The map was originally published by Lienhart Holle in an edition of Ptolemy’s 'Geography' with revisions by the cartographer Nicolaus Germanus Donis. This was the first European atlas published outside Italy and the first to be illustrated with woodcut maps. Soon afterwards Holle went bankrupt, probably because of the cost of producing the atlas, and Reger acquired the rights to the 'Geography', reissuing the second and last edition of this version in 1486. See TIBBETTS: 8.
[Ref: 14514]   P.O.A.


RUSCELLI, Girolamo. [16th century Italian map of Arabia]
Arabia Felice nuova Tavola. Venice, c.1562. 190 x 260mm.
Ruscelli's 'modern' map of Arabia from his 'La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo'. Based largely on the earlier Ptolemaic maps by Giocomo Gastaldi from 1548, the map extends from the Arabian Desert south as far as the Horn of Africa and includes modern day Saudi Arabia, the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. Early settlements, rivers, mountains, lakes, and various topographic features are noted.
[Ref: 18343]    £400.00 ($497 • €444 rates)


DE JODE, Gerard. [First edition of a rare map of the Middle East, in fine colour]
Secundæ Partis Asiae typus... Antwerp, 1578, Latin text edition. 325 x 500mm. Fine condition.
A rare 16th century map of south west Asia, covering mainly Arabia, southern Persia, and the west coast of India & Maldives, and including with Egypt & the Nile. Although the map was engraved c.1566-1570, publication of De Jode's atlas, the 'Speculum Orbis Terrarum', was held back until 1578 by Ortelius's patent. Some of the most famous names in cartography of this period appear on this map: De Jode was the great rival of Ortelius, with whom he had a long-running feud; Gastaldi, De Jode's source, is best known for his maps in 'Lafreri-type' atlases; and Lucas & Jan van Doeticum, the engravers, are renowned for the flair of their work for Waghenaer, Linschoten and Ortelius. KOEMAN: Jod 1; TIBBETTS: 38.
[Ref: 19176]    £9,750.00 ($12,110 • €10,823 rates)


BERTIUS, Petrus. [Early 17th century miniature map of Arabia in rare original colour]
Arabia. Amsterdam, 1603. Original colour. 90 x 130mm.
A miniature map of Arabia, an example of the first plate, without longitude or latitude scales.
[Ref: 14203]    £325.00 ($404 • €361 rates)


SANSON, Nicolas. [17th century map of Arabia]
Carte des Trois Arabies. Tirée en Partie de l'Arabe de Nubie en partie de divers autres Autheurs. Paris, Pierre Mariette, 1654, Outline colour. 415 x 500mm. A very fine example with wide margins.
The three Arabias are Petrée, Deserte and Heureuse. The kingdom of 'Bahraim' is outlined in colour. TIBBETTS: 98, colour illus.
[Ref: 15071]    £1,800.00 ($2,236 • €1,998 rates)


JANSSON, Jan. [A 17th century Dutch map of Arabia]
Arabiæ Felicis, Petrææ et Desertæ nova at accurata delineatio. Amsterdam, c.1660, blank verso. Coloured. 440 x 510mm. Some restoration at top centerfold.
A decorative map of Arabia, first published 1658. Mecca and Medina are marked reasonably accurately but the rest of the interior is quite imaginative. The Persian Gulf coastline is also vague: Bahrain is marked inaccurately, despite their pearl fishery being known to the Romans and there is no Qatari peninsula. Jan Janssonius produced this detailed map of the Arabian Peninsula which was divided in three Roman Provinces: ' Arabia Felix', 'Arabia Petraea' and 'Arabia Deserta'. Because of the lack of new information, Jansson had to rely on the old Ptolemaic names for his new map. 'Arabia Felix', Latin for 'Loyal Arabia' covers the majority of the Peninsula, even though the term relates to the comparatively fertile regions of present day Asir and Yemen. 'Arabia Petraea' (Stony Arabia) is located in North West Arabia and was a frontier province of imperial Rome. 'Arabia Deserta' (Desert Arabia) in Latin meant the desert interior, which was populated by nomadic tribes who frequently invaded richer lands. Jansson has placed 'Arabia Deserta' in a smaller area in the North east; he probably did this to balance the descriptions of the other regions depicted with scores of rivers; most of the interior drawn on the map was imaginary. Published in Jansson's 'Atlas Novus' TIBBETTS: 101.
[Ref: 19601]    £2,400.00 ($2,981 • €2,664 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [Highly decorative 17th century map of Arabia]
Arabia. Amsterdam, 1665, Dutch text edition. Original colour with gold highlights. 420 x 535mm. A superb example
The very first issue of this fine map of Arabia which, due to the lack of new information, still depicts the peninsula divided into the three Roman Provinces, using the Ptolemaic names: ' Arabia Felix', 'Arabia Petraea' and 'Arabia Deserta'. 'Arabia Felix', Latin for 'Loyal Arabia' covers the majority of the Peninsula, even though the term relates to the comparatively fertile regions of present day Asir and Yemen. 'Arabia Petraea' (Stony Arabia) is located in North West Arabia and was a frontier province of imperial Rome. 'Arabia Deserta' refers to the desert interior, which was populated by nomadic tribes who frequently invaded richer lands, of which the cartographic detail is mostly imaginary. TIBBETTS: 108; KOEMAN: Bl 57.
[Ref: 19609]    £4,750.00 ($5,900 • €5,273 rates)


MEURS, Jacob van. [17th century map of Arabia]
Nova Totius Arabiæ Foelicis, Petrææ, et Desertæ. Amsterdam, c.1680. Coloured. 300 x 350mm.
Arabia, with fine title and scale cartouches. TIBBETTS: 137.
[Ref: 16489]    £1,000.00 ($1,242 • €1,110 rates)


MOORE, Jonas. [Seventeenth century map of Arabia]
Arabia. London, Robert Scott, 1681. 110 x 125mm.
Rare map of Arabia, published in 'Moore's ''A new Geography with the maps to each Country and Tables of Longitude & Latitiude'.
[Ref: 16796]    £700.00 ($869 • €777 rates)


MALLET, Alain Manesson. [17th century view of Medina]
Medine. Frankfurt, 1686. Coloured. 140 x 105mm.
A miniature view of Medina, with a column of pilgrims approaching the city. Published in the German edition of Mallet’s 'Description de l’Univers'. Mallet was a military engineer, cartographer and mathematician in the service of the French King, Louis XIV.
[Ref: 17277]    £175.00 ($217 • €194 rates)


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