Arabiae Felicis, Petrae ae et Desertae Nova et Accurata Delineatio
Decorative Dutch map of Arabia.
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Uncommon map of the Arabian Peninsula published during a period of expanding European cartographic knowledge driven by increased trade with the Orient. The coastlines are fairly well represented and the interior contains details of the navigable rivers, with locations of inland towns, largely speculative.
Tibbetts concludes that this map is based on a Willem Blaeu map of Arabia that appeared in his atlas in 1662, but was likely made earlier. Blaeu added important new information, including the kingdoms of Zibit, Aden, Herit, and Faratach. But cartographic errors persist, most notably the depiction of Stag Lago, the fanciful lake depicted on maps since the 15th century, which has been moved towards the coast and become a bay with an outlet to the Indian Ocean.
The map is among the most decorative maps of Arabia available to collectors, with the interior filled with lions, camels and elephants and a sea monster guarding the Fretum Babelmandel. It is adorned with two cartouches featuring putti and depictions of the inhabitants of the region.
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A little toning and light offsetting; a few short marginal tears; very good.
Tibbetts, G. R. Arabia in Early Maps. Ney York, NY: Oleander Maps, 1978.