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Afrika, "Africae Nova Tabula"
Category:
Maps
Price:
€1200,00
Geographic location:
Africa
Title:
"Africae Nova Tabula"
Cartographer / Publisher:
Henricus Hondius
Date:
1631
Technique:
Copper engraving
Dimensions:
38x50
Colouring:
Old coloured
Condition:
Excellent with wide margins. French text on verso.
Description

This map of the continent is Henricus Hondius' issue of Jodocus Hondius' map, but without the decorative borders that were masked in order to fit the map into an atlas format. The geography is largely speculative and follows Blaeu's map of 1617 with the Cuama River originating in the mountains rather than in the Sachaf Lake below the Mountains of the Moon (Lunae Montes). The origin of the Nile conforms to the Ptolemaic tradition of the two twin lakes south of the equator. The Kingdom of Monomotapa occupies a large area of southern Africa. Ornamentation includes a wreath-style title cartouche, sailing ships, flying fish, various sea monsters, and Neptune consorting with a comely mermaid. Elephants, lions, zebras, ostriches, and even a dragon occupy the interior. This is the third state, from the French edition published between 1639-49 with French text on verso.

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