Catalog Archive
Auction 100, Lot 430

"Africa", Magini and Porro

Subject: Africa

Period: 1596 (circa)

Publication: Geographia

Color: Hand Color

6.7 x 4.9 inches
17 x 12.4 cm

Small map of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula showing part of Brazil as well. Engraved by Girolamo Porro for Magini's edition of Ptolemy and based on Ortelius. The rivers of central and north Africa feature prominently including the Ptolemaic concept of the origin of the Nile in twin lakes south of the Equator. The largest of these lakes also has a river flowing southeast. The sea is stipple engraved with a tiny sea monster and decorative calligraphy.

References: Norwich #24.

Condition: A

Minor shadow of text on verso.

Estimate: $275 - $325

Sold for: $160

Closed on 9/12/2002