Auction 110, Lot 669

"Aethiopia Inferior vel Exterior Monomotapa", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Africa - Southern

Period: 1650 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14.7 x 11.2 inches
37.3 x 28.4 cm

Handsome map of the region south of the Congo derived from Blaeu and based on Portuguese exploration. The interior is filled with indigenous animals including monkeys and elephants, and ships sail the sea. The large title cartouche is drawn on a bison hide held up by natives, with monkeys and turtles at their feet.

References:

Condition: A

Crisp impression with lovely later color. Brown manuscript ink title on verso with slight show-through on map, near bottom left border.

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $240

Closed on 3/2/2005

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