Very attractive and detailed Durch map of the continent of Africa filled with mythical towns, rivers, and mountains and continues to reflect the Ptolemaic view of Africa.

A title cartouche in upper right is surrounded by two Africans, one holding a scorpion and the other a cornucopia. A second cartouche with the dedication, a coat of arms, Neptune and some Mermaids is in the lower left corner.

With dedication in lower left to the Dutchman, Gerard Schaep, surrounded by Neptune and mermaids.

The blank spaces are filled with African Animals and the sea full of sailing vessels, flying fish, etc.

Excellent hand colour

Mint condition

Tooley, p. 119-120 . Norwich, # 55.

code : M4881

Cartographer : Family

Date : 1680c Amsterdam

Size : 43*54 cms

availability : Available

Price : £450

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Among the many great Dutch map publishers active in the seventeenth century were the Visscher family; the firm was begun by Claes Jansz Visscher (1587-1652), and subsequently included his son Nicolaas (1618-1679), grandson Nicolaas II (1649-1702) and then his grandson’s widow, Elizabeth, until her death in 1726.

Although mainly art dealers, the Visschers were prolific publishers, producing individual maps and also atlases made up to their customers’ specifications. Indeed, they are commonly regarded as second only to the Blaeus among Dutch map-makers for the high quality of engraving and decoration and the geographical accuracy of their many maps. Particularly outstanding - not only as maps but as works of art - are their world maps.