Auction 108, Lot 590

"Nova descriptio Africae", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Africa

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

14.2 x 10.5 inches
36.1 x 26.7 cm

Fine decorative map of the continent based on the cartography of Blaeu. The map is embellished with numerous ships, sea monsters (including a great sea-horse), a compass rose and exotic animals wandering all over the continent. The Nile is depicted according to Ptolemy with its sources in two large lakes below the Equator, as well as other fictitious details.

References: Norwich #33.

Condition: A

Fine sharp impression. Manuscript brown ink page number on verso, with slight show through in bottom margin. Light damp stains in blank margins.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 9/29/2004