"Africa", Rosaccio, Guiseppe
Period: 1592 (circa)
Color: Black & White
6.4 x 4.9 inches
16.3 x 12.4 cm
This charming woodcut miniature map of the continent includes Madagascar, here S. Loren. 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 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 printed from two separate blocks and were often printed on two separate sheets - this example is printed on a single sheet only.
References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 72-73.
Very sharp impression, lightly toned.