Auction 110, Lot 635

"Affricae Tabula Nova", Munster/Petri

Subject: Africa

Period: 1580 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Hand Color

14.2 x 12 inches
36.1 x 30.5 cm

Based on Ortelius’ map of 1570, this map appears in the later editions of Munster's Cosmographia. The woodblock map is elegantly engraved in the style of copper engravings. It depicts the continent with a jagged coastline with several prominent bays. In the interior there are several large lakes, including the twin lake sources of the Nile. The coast of Brazil appears in the lower left corner. Two small ships, a sea monster and a block-style title cartouche decorate the map.

References: Norwich #14.

Condition: B

Light uneven toning with some tape stains at paper edges. One tiny paper flaw reinforced with archival tape on verso.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $650

Closed on 3/2/2005