Auction 103, Lot 505

"Africa iuxta Navigationes et Observationes Recentissimas Aucta Correcta et in sua Regna et Status Divisa in Lucem Edita…", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: Africa

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22 x 19 inches
55.9 x 48.3 cm

This striking map of Africa is based largely on Homann's 1715 map. Seutter was apprenticed to Homann prior to establishing his own publishing business in the early 18th century. The map is typical of the period with the information in southern Africa being largely fictitious and enormous lakes depicted in central Africa. The Nile is shown originating in the south at lakes Zaire and Zaflan and also continuing further south through a twisted river system with its headwaters in Bed Lac. The Abyssinian province of Amhara is incorrectly shown in the southern kingdom of Monomotapa. The splendid decorative cartouche features natives, pyramids, and exotic animals with the title surmounted by a fierce dragon.

References: Norwich #80.

Condition: B

Crisp impression and original color. Printers crease at bottom right. Two small worm tracks in bottom blank margin, and tack holes in margin corners. Couple of insignificant wormholes and light spots in map.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,100


Closed on 6/11/2003