"Africa Vetus", Sanson/Mariette
Period: 1667 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
21.8 x 15.5 inches
55.4 x 39.4 cm
Handsome map of the continent with an unusual coastline with numerous inlets. The map is divided into regions with classical names and all the tribes of southern Africa are labeled Anthropophagi Aethiopes (cannibals). The interior geography is standard for the period with the origin of the Nile on the Ptolemaic concept. The title is contained in a wreath-style cartouche flanked by putti. Large elaborate watermark.
References: Norwich #41.
Slight uneven toning with light crease along fold. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.