"L'Africa Secondo Le ultime osservazioni Divisa ne' suoi Statti Principali", Cassini, Giovanni Maria
Period: 1788 (dated)
Publication: Nuovo Atlante Geografico Universale
Color: Hand Color
18.2 x 13 inches
46.2 x 33 cm
An uncommon and attractive map of Africa. The map is fairly accurate geographically with the correct source of the Nile and detail confined to the regions actually known. Stellenbosch is the only inland place name appearing in South Africa. The large title cartouche features an allegorical representation of Africa, portrayed as a maiden holding elephant ivory, together with a lion, crocodile and a snake-like dragon.
Original color in pale pastel colors. Minor spots in wide margins.