Ægypti Recentior Descriptio : Ægyptis & Turciś ELCHIBITH; Arabibus Mesre & Misri, Hebræis MITSRAIM [ Amsterdam ]
This very decorative Latin map was drawn around 1658 by Jan Jansson and its orientation is directed towards the West. Its cartouche features the pyramids, clearly distorted, with people in European and Egyptian dresses standing around it, astronomical instruments and wild animals. On the map, relief is shown in hachuring.
It is worth mentioning that the author has made an effort to label the places using their names in Hebrew, Turkish and Arabic. Cairo is named Alcairo and the area surrounding it is full of details, the pyramids are also depicted. Goats, camels, sheep, horses and crocodiles are also shown wandering in the desert and around the Nile.
This copper-engraved map was published in 1666 two years after the death of Jan Jansson by his heirs. According to Van der Krogt it belongs to the Latin version of the Atlas Major published between 1658 and 1666 in 9 volumes, the sixth one describing the Iberian Peninsula, Asia, Africa and America. However, many other sources attribute this map to the two-volume Atlas Contractus published in 1666. GHH `19" x 23" $450.00
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