Mideastern Manuscript Map of the Americas, in Colors & Gilt

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231. [MAP]. Anonymous manuscript map in Arabic (?)on heavy laid paper of North and South America, within gilt border, map proper with background painting in slate blue, outlines of countries in green and yellow, some pale green shading to various parts of the continents, rivers in red, text at top and bottom with black ink with red highlights, two ships on Pacific Ocean in red and with sails, a circular symbol at lower right shows inset of a coasyline. Verso contains only text, in black ink with red highlights. N.p., n.d. (appears to be early nineteenth century or earlier; judging from the geography, the map may be much earlier). Map border measures 22.5 x 14 cm; overall sheet size: 28.5 x 20.5 cm. Map and verso with a few old stains and repairs, mostly affecting blank margins and border. Four old paper repairs to edges not affecting map or border. The leaf has the appearance of having been removed from a volume.

     This interesting and unusual map needs more research. A river (Mississippi?) is shown flowing into the Gulf of Mexico in the vicinity of Louisiana and Texas). California is not shown as an island.


Sold. Hammer: $650.00; Price Realized: $796.25.

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