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Auction 117, Lot 790

"Africa XXV Nova Tabula", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Africa

Period: 1552 (published)

Publication: Geographia

Color: Black & White

13.6 x 10 inches
34.5 x 25.4 cm

This is one of the first modern maps of the whole continent. The Ptolemaic geography, with large rivers and convoluted mountains, is augmented from Portuguese and Arabic sources. From the Portuguese comes Caput Bonespei (Cape of Good Hope) and a small group of islands off the eastern coast named Zaphala Aurifodina that were supposedly the region from which King Solomon imported gold and silver. The Arab kingdoms of Quiola and Melinde appear in eastern Africa and Hamarich, the capital of the mythical Christian king Pester John, is shown at the confluence of the twin sources of the Nile. The map is illustrated with crowns and scepters, forests, parrots, an elephant, a Cyclops (Monoculi) and a large galleon under full sail. This is the only edition with longitude and latitude bars printed in the margins.

References: Tooley (AF) #9; Norwich #2.

Condition: A

Good impression printed on quality paper. Tiny rust mark in border and a bit of faint foxing, else very fine.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,500

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 12/6/2006