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AFRICA LIBYA MORENLAND ..

Code: M3457

Cartographer: Sebastian Munster

Date: 1550c

Size: 27*35 cms

Cornerstone map of Africa, famous for it's monoculi. The cartouche explains that the Portuguese have sailed around the continent to get to the Asian spices.

This is one of the first modern maps of the whole continent. The Ptolemaic geography, with large rivers and convoluted mountains, is augmented from Portuguese and Arabic sources. From the Portuguese comes Caput Bonespei (Cape of Good Hope) and a small group of islands off the eastern coast named Zaphala Aurifodina that were supposedly the region from which King Solomon imported gold and silver. The Arab kingdoms of Quiola and Melinde appear in eastern Africa and Hamarich, the capital of the mythical Christian king Prester John, is shown at the confluence of the twin sources of the Nile. The map is illustrated with crowns and scepters indicating kingdoms, forests, parrots, an elephant, a Cyclops (Monoculi) and a large galleon under full sail. The strapwork cartouche contains a text description of the continent. The German title is above the map.

Excellent condition

Ref: Tooley (AF) #9; Norwich #2.

Availability: Sold

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