Africae Nova Descriptio.

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Africae Nova Descriptio.

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This is one of the most decorative seventeenth century maps of the African continent and a superb example of the Dutch carte-a-figures style. The map is surrounded on three sides with vignettes of native peoples and nine principal cities. The Nile is shown according to Ptolemy with its sources arising in the lakes Zaire and Zaflan, the fictitious Lake Sachaf of Laurent Fries appears, as well as the R. de Spirito Santo. The map is further embellished with numerous ships, sea monsters (including a great seahorse), a compass rose and exotic animals wandering all over the continent. This is the third state of the map with some re-engraving of the copperplate. Blank verso. Image size 55.4 x 40.9 cm.

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CONDITION

B+, COLOR. A dark, crisp impression with wide margins and very light soiling to the left of the centerfold and in the blank margins.

ISSUE PLACE/DATE

Amsterdam/circa 1647

REF

Betz #57.3; Norwich #32; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #8600:2.

MAP MAKER

Willem Blaeu

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