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Auction 116, Lot 802

"Africae Nova Descriptio", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Africa

Period: 1630 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

22 x 16.2 inches
55.9 x 41.1 cm
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This is one of the most decorative seventeenth century maps of the African continent and a superb example of the Dutch carte-a-figures style. The map is surrounded on three sides with vignettes of native peoples and nine principal cities. The Nile is shown according to Ptolemy with its sources arising in the lakes Zaire and Zaflan, the fictitious Lake Sachaf of Laurent Fries appears, as well as the R. de Spirito Santo. The map is further embellished with numerous ships, sea monsters (including a great seahorse), a compass rose and exotic animals wandering all over the continent.

References: Norwich #32.

Condition: A+

A fine impression with original color that has been refreshed. Margins have been slightly trimmed but are still very ample. Minor fold separation in bottom margin, professionally repaired.

Estimate: $4,750 - $5,500

Sold for: $5,500

Closed on 9/20/2006