East North Africa Arabia Felix Egypt Nubia 1576 Petri rare woodcut old mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Egypt- East Africa- Nubia- Arabian peninsula)
Issued Basel, 1576 by Henri Petri for Pomponii Melae de Orbis Situ.
Charming and quite rare 16th century woodblock miniature map.
Despite the title, the map includes almost the entire Arabian peninsula as well as the coast of Persia. What is almost certainly the mythical Mts. of the Moon shwon within the interior near Nubia.
Map has condition issues- the centerfold is rejoined long ago with old paper on the back, slight loss of printed area down middle as visible within scan. Top right corner also backed with nearly matching paper to reinforce old browned area- again readily visible.
In Poor to Fair, mostly clean condition, a pleasing looking example despite the old repairs and condition issues described above.
Original centerfold as issued.
Sheet measures c. 7 1/4" W x 6 " H. Printed area measures c. 5 7/8" W x 4 7/8" H.
Rare little map.
Tooley, Dictionary of Mapmakers , vol. 3, p. 413 (Petri [Petrus] family)