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Blaeu's Carte-a-Figures Map of Africa with Rare Blank Verso

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Lot 709
By: Willem Blaeu
Subject: Africa
Date: 1647 (circa)


Condition Code: B+

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Color: hand color

Size: 21.8 x 16.1 inches
         55.4 x 40.9 cm

    This is one of the most decorative seventeenth century maps of the African continent and a superb example of the Dutch carte-a-figures style. The map is surrounded on three sides with vignettes of native peoples and nine principal cities. The Nile is shown according to Ptolemy with its sources arising in the lakes Zaire and Zaflan, the fictitious Lake Sachaf of Laurent Fries appears, as well as the R. de Spirito Santo. The map is further embellished with numerous ships, sea monsters (including a great seahorse), a compass rose and exotic animals wandering all over the continent. This is the third state of the map with some re-engraving of the copperplate. Blank verso.

Condition Description: A dark, crisp impression with wide margins and light soiling to the left of the centerfold and in the blank margins. There is one small worm hole that has been professionally infilled.

Ref: Betz #57.3; Norwich #32; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #8600:2.

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