Auction 111, Lot 667

"Africae Accurata Tabula ex officina", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: Africa

Period: 1680 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.3 x 17 inches
54.1 x 43.2 cm

A beautiful map of the African continent filled with details typical of the late seventeenth century. The Nile appears according to the ancient pattern, arising from the two lakes of Zaire and Zafflan. The interior is decorated with elephants, ostriches, monkeys, lions and rhinoceros, and eleven small ships sail in the sea. The title cartouche is flanked by natives and angels, and in the lower left is a dedication cartouche with the coat of arms of Gerardo Schaep surrounded by Neptune and his entourage.

References: Norwich #55.

Condition: A

Expert repair of a 1" tear at right and left margin replaced with skilled facsimile of 3" of neatline. Professionally backed with light Japanese tissue - a superb conservation job.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $750

Closed on 6/8/2005