1754 Gabriel Ramirez Map of the Mediterranean Coast
Description: This is an uncommon 1754 map of the Mediterranean Coast by Gabriel Ramirez. Centered on the Mediterranean Sea, it covers from Portugal east as far as Arabia, including the Barbary Coast and the Black Sea. Major rivers and cities are identified including Jerusalem, Constantinople, Rome, Naples, and others.
When this map was made, this region, particularly western Mediterranean, was a hotbed of piracy. The Barbary Pirates would attack trading ships passing through the narrow Gibraltar straits and western Mediterranean. Ships would be destroyed or appropriated, cargo sized, and the crews and passengers enslaved. By the early 19th century, piracy in this region had become so intense that the United States launched its first major naval offensive against Tripoli.
This map was originally prepared in French by Abbot M. Pluche and translated into Castilian Spanish. Engraved by Jose Andrade for publication in Volume VII, Part 4 of D. Gabriel Ramirez's Espectaculo de la Naturaleza, O Conversaciones a Cerca de Las Particularidades de la Historia Natural.
Date: 1754 (undated)
Source: Ramirez, G., Espectaculo de la Naturaleza, O Conversaciones a Cerca de Las Particularidades de la Historia Natural, Volume 7, Part 2, 1754.
Size: Printed area measures 7 x 6 inches (17.78 x 15.24 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 30000000
Condition: Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Original platemarks visible. Blank on verso.
Code: Mediterranean-ramirez-1754 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Mediterranean Coast , Ramirez , Barbary Coast , Maghreb