Auction 113, Lot 760

"Figura della Affrica", Rosaccio, Guiseppe

Subject: Africa

Period: 1592 (circa)


Color: Black & White

6.4 x 4.9 inches
16.3 x 12.4 cm

Charming woodcut miniature map of the continent that includes Madagascar, here Sloren. In the upper right corner is a part of Asia extending to Persia and in the lower left corner is the coastline of Brasil. Africa is filled with mountains and with a few places represented by large castles. The Nile River originates well south of the Equator in two lakes. In the sea is a small ship and a very fanciful dragon-like sea monster. Rosaccio's maps were often printed and bound in an unusual manner for maps of the period; printed on two separate leaves. These leaves could easily be joined or they could be mounted and framed as is. Italian text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 72-73.

Condition: A

Dark impression, light soil in blank margins.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 12/7/2005