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La sfera
Italy, probably Florence, second half of 15th century
MS M.721 fol. 19v, 20r

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Map of Mediterranean straddling gutter of page opening with locations inscribed in Spain on fol. 19v including CARTAGENIA (Cartagena), ALMERIA, SALAUIGNA (Salobrena?) and MALICA (Malaga). Island in Mediterranean labeled GADIS. In left margin of fol. 20r, locations on Mediterranean coast of Africa are inscribed including ALGERI (Algiers), BRESTA, TENES (Tenes), NOSTEGANI, ORANO (Oran), MELILA (Melila), ARCUDIA, MARÇEMI, and SETTA. In right margin of fol. 20r, locations on African coast farther East, across from Italy, are inscribed, including islands CICILIA (Sicily) and SARDIGNA (Sardinia). On coast of Africa, AFRICA, SUSA, CAPO BONO, TUNISI (Tunis), BISERTI (Bizerte), TABARCA (Tabarka), BONA, STORA, ANCOLO, ÇIÇARI, city of BUGEA (Béjaia) with crenellated wall surrounding building, TITELIS, and ALGERI (Algiers).

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