Biledulgerid Barbary Africa Muslims 1683 Mallet old antique ethnic costume printAntiqueMapsPrints.com
Ples du Biledulegerid
(Biledulgerid / Barbary / North Africa / etc.)
Issued Frankfort, Germany, 1683 for A.M. Mallet
Charming late 17th century copper engraved costume plate, with pleasing full hand color. Very few examples are encountered with such nice detailed hand color.
The image has a near folk-art feel, a style of cartographic image quite unique to this time in history. Utterly unlike anything produced today and of modern aesthetic appeal for this very reason.
Mostly clean & well preserved example, trivial blank margin corner staining & edge toning which visually testifies to the age and patina. If this were an antique coin, it would have a nice surface.
Sheet measures c. 5" x 8"
Printed area measures c. 4" x 5 3/4"
Tooleys Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 3. p.196