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AFRICAE TABULA NOVA

Code: M4139

Cartographer: Ortelius Abraham

Date: 1595 Antwerp

Size: 37* 50.5 cms

Superb full colou map is the cornerstone maps of Africa and remained the standard map of Africa well into the seventeenth century. Dated 1570 on map but 1585.

It was designed by Ortelius from elements of contemporary maps by Gastaldi, Mercator, and Forlani and used several recent sources: Ramusio in Navigationi et Viaggi (1550), Joao de Barros in Decadas da Asia (1552), and Leo Africanus in Historiale description de l'Afrique (1556). The majority of the nomenclature is taken from Gastaldi. The Nile is based on the Ptolemaic concept, originating from two large lakes south of the equator. Curiously Ortelius did not represent the Mountains of the Moon (a prominent feature on most prior maps) and the twin lakes are not named. Ortelius introduced two important changes to the shape of the continent on this map; the Cape of Good Hope is more pointed, and the eastward extension of the continent was reduced significantly. The map is decorated with a strapwork title cartouche, a grand sea battle (copied from Diego Gutierez' wall map of the Americas), and sea monsters. This beautiful map was engraved by Frans Hogenberg who engraved many of the maps for the Theatrum.

Excellent hand colour

Near mint with no repairs etc Large blemish free margins...Recommended**

References: Betz #12.6; Van de Broecke #8; Norwich #10 :Tooley (AF) p. 88.

£1650.00

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