"Aethiopia Inferior vel Exterior Monomotapa", Merian, Matthaus
Subject: Africa - Southern
Period: 1650 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
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.
Crisp impression with lovely later color. Brown manuscript ink title on verso with slight show-through on map, near bottom left border.