North Africa

Antique rare maps of North Africa


1561 - Tabula Africae IIII

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Final edition of Ruscelli's map of the Northern part of Africa, bounded by the Mediterranean, Aethiopia Interior, the Canarie Islands, Asia Minor, Judia, the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, Arabia Felix and the Nile, to its source. The map first appeared...


1572 - Aden Arabiae Foelicis Emporium Celeberrimi Nominis, quo ex India, Aethiopia ... [on sheet with] Mombaza [and] Quiloa [and] Cefala

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The oldest obtainable printed view of Aden, with smaller views of 3 other African Harbors. The harbors were among the most important ports along the Indian Ocean and were controlled by the Arabs and visited by the Vasco de Gama on his trip around the...


1572 - (Tangiers, Tzaffin, Ceuta, Arzila, and Sala) Tingis Lusitanis Tangiara. . . [on sheet with] Tzaffin [and] Salaa [and] Arzilla [and] Septa

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Views of the five northern and western African coastal towns on one sheet: Tangiers, Tzaffin, Septa (Ceuta), Arzila, and Sala. Latin text on verso. Braun and Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum was the single most important town book of the 16th...


1574 - La Fortezza et Pianta Della Goletta

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Rare image of the Fort/Citadel of Goletta at the time of the Turkish Siege of Tunis in 1574. In the autumn of 1573, thanks to the undertaking of King John of of Austria, Spain was able to reconquer Tunis, from Ottoman control. In the summer of 1574,...


1574 - Questo e Il vero disegno de Tunis con gran parte de lafrica tratto da un disegno fatto al tempo che Il Serenissimo Imperator Carlo V lo prese lan[n]o 1535 co[n] le distancie delle terre piu Jmportante.

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Unrecorded Early State -- Tunis Before The Siege Rare early state of this important map of Tunis, illustrating the This state of the map was not described in Bifolco-Ronca, which listed the only previously known example of the map , which depicts the...


1574 - Goletta, et Novo forte avanti Tunesi, co[n] l’Assedio p[er] terra, et p[er] Mare d[e] Turchi et Mori, el luglio, et agosto .74. Co[n] li gra[n] sforci de Sina[n] bassa[n], et d[e] Ucchiali capitt.o de l’Armata, et le mirabil prove fatte in Goletta da Do[n

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Fine example of this rare map of the Bay of Tunis, illustrating the Siege of July 1574. The engraving depicts the Bay of Tunis during the siege by the Turks in July 1574 at the Goletta. Siege of Tunis In 1574, William of Orange and Charles IX of...


1575 - (Sale, Morocco) Sala Cite D'Afrique

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Scarce map of the town of Sale, Morocco, immediately north of Rabat, which appeared in Francois de Belleforest's Cosmographie Universelle De Tout le Monde. Sale dates back at least to Carthaginian times (around 7th century BC). The Romans called the...


1575 - [Asilah, Morocco] Arzilla

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Detailed view of Asilah, Morocco, published by de Belleforest. Asilah dates back to 1500 B.C., when the Phoenicians used it as a base for trade. The Portuguese conquered the city in 1471, but John III later decided to abandon it because of an economic...


1578 - Tab. II Africae Complectens Africam Proprie dictam

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Nice full color example of Mercator's Ptolemaic map of North Africa. While Mercator is perhaps most famous for his maps of the Modern World, one of his life ambitions was to write an improved and corrected edition of Ptolemy's Geographia.


1588 - Algerii Sarace norum urbis forttif fimae, in Numidia Africa Provincia Structae iuxta Balearicos fluctus Maeiterranei aequoris Hispaniam contra . . .

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Striking town plan of Algiers from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitas Orbis Terrarum, first issued in 1588. Algiers is known as 'El-Bahdja' in Arabic or 'Alger la Blanche' in French for the glistening white of its buildings rising up from the sea. The...


1590 - Tunes Urbs - Tunetis Urbis, ac Novae Eius Arcis, et Guletae, quae Philippo Hispan Regi Parent

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Nice old color example of Braun & Hogenberg's important early town view of Tunis. The image shows a lively port scene, with ships in the foreground in the outer harbor, several canals to the inner harbor and the extensive fortifications along the...


1597 - Tabula Aphricae I [Morocco & Tunisia]

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Striking example of Magini's map of North Africa, based upon Ptolemy.


1608 - [Moroccan Coast -- Agadir, Essaouira, Safi] Afbeeldinge nae't leven der Zeecusten van Barbarien, van de C. Cantin zuijdwaert tot verbij de C. de Geer, mitsgaders de gelegentheijt van't eijlant Mogodor, alles op zijne rechte Streckinge en hoochte gestelt

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Early Dutch Sailing Chart of the Central Coast of Morocco -- Agadir, Essaouira, Safi Rare sea chart of the central coast of Morocco, centered on Essaouria. The chart is oriented with southeast toward the top and extends from C. de Cantin (El...


1608 - [Morocco Coast -- Tangiers to El Beddouza] Eijgentlijke vertooninge der westcuste van Barbarien, tusschen de Strate van Gibraltar ende de C: de Cantin, zampt aller Reeden Havenen ende Rivieren aldaer gelegen, en hoemen die bequamelijck sal besijlen

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Early Dutch Sailing Chart of the Northern Coast of Morocco -- El Jadida, Casablanca, Rabat, Kenitra, Larache, Cap Spartel Rare sea chart of the north coast of Morocco, centered on Rabat and Casablanca. The chart is oriented with southeast toward the...


1625 - Fessae Regnum

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Detailed map of Morocco, Algeria, etc., exending south to Beninia and Nussini. Includes sailing ship and cartouche. From the 1625-26 edition of Purchas His Pilgrims, one of the seminal early 17th Century English Language travel works. On a 13 x 9 inch...


1638 - Fezzae et Marocchi Regna Africae Celeberrima . . .

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A striking map of Morocco, showing large fortified towns of Marrakesh, Taroudant and Fez, towns, mountains, rivers, lakes, etc. Tangier, Ceuta and Rio Rabata also appear. Large decorative cartouche and sailing ships. Abraham Ortelius is credited in...