Barbary North Africa numerous animals shown natives 1719 Mallet miniature mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Biledulglrit en General.
Partie Occidentale du Biledulgerid.
Partie Orientale du Biledulgerit.
(North Africa / Barbary).
Issued 1719, Frankfurt, for A.M. Mallet.
Charming early 18th century copper engraved map with lovely hand color. Note the numerous animals within the desert, including an elephant, lion, ostrich, monkey and a flying dragon bird. Two natives in turbans holding spears hold the title banner between them lower right.
The image has a near folk-art feel, a style unique to this historical era. Utterly unlike anything produced today and of modern aesthetic appeal for this reason.
Mostly clean and well preserved example, the image displays a fine patina.
Sheet measures c. 7 7/8"H x 5 7/8"W.
Printed area measures c. 5 1/2"H x 4"W.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, vol. 3, pp. 196.