Catalog Archive
Auction 109, Lot 663

"Africa, Libya, Morenlant, met allen Kunigreichen so zu unsern zeiten darin gefunden werden", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Africa

Period: 1562 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographiae…

Color: Hand Color

13.5 x 10 inches
34.3 x 25.4 cm

This is one of the first modern maps of the whole continent. The Ptolemaic geography, with large rivers and convoluted mountains, is augmented from Portuguese and Arabic sources. From the Portuguese comes Caput Bonespei (Cape of Good Hope) and a small group of islands off the eastern coast named Zaphala Aurifodina that were supposedly the region from which King Solomon imported gold and silver. The Arab kingdoms of Quiola and Melinde appear in eastern Africa and Hamarich, the capital of the mythical Christian king Pester John, is shown at the confluence of the twin sources of the Nile. The map is illustrated with crowns and scepters, forests, parrots, an elephant, a Cyclops (Monoculi) and a large galleon under full sail. The strapwork cartouche containing a text description of the continent. German title is above the map.

References: Tooley (AF) #9; Norwich #2.

Condition: A

Good impression with later color. Small stain in bottom margin.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 12/1/2004