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NOVA DESCRIPTIO AFRICAE

Code: M3780

Cartographer: MERIAN Matthaus

Date: 1640c Frankfurt

Size: 27*36 cms

A highly decorative 17th Century map closely copied from Blaeu. The Nile is shown according to Ptolemy, with its sources arising in the lakes Zaire and Zaflan, as well as many other fictitious details. It is embellished with numerous ships, sea monsters (including a great sea-horse), a compass rose and exotic animals wandering all over the continent.

Attractive typical Merian script for the place names.

Good hand colour

Very good condition.

References: Norwich, O.I. 33; Tooley, R.V. (Africa) p.63.

Availability: Sold

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