Sicily as mapped by Muhammad al-Idrisi

Dufour, Auguste Henri / Amari, Michele Benedetto Gaetano. Carte de Sicilie dans son état actuel [...] Avec les réductions de la carte ancienne d'après Ptolémée et de la carte arabe d'après Edrisi.

Paris, Lemercier, 1859.

Engraved map. 550 x 690 mm (image), 595 x 760 mm (sheet). Scale 1:519,210. 18 sections mounted on paper.


Rare topographical map of Sicily, featuring two inset maps after Ptolemy and Al-Idrisi, allowing an immediate comparison of the depictions of the island in the 2nd, 12th, and 19th centuries. The main map identifies a remarkable number of towns and villages, including Palermo, Catania, Syracuse, Mazara, Caltanissetta, and Nicosia, as well as mountains, roads and paths. Two additional insets show Malta and the Aeolian Islands. Engraved by the German-French engraver and cartographer Erhard Schieble (1821-80).

Slightly foxed. Rarely seen at auction.

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