Auction 121, Lot 762

"Totius Africae Tabula & descriptio Universalis etiam ultra Ptolemaei extensa", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Africa

Period: 1540 (circa)

Publication: Geographia

Color: Hand Color

Size:
13.6 x 10.1 inches
34.5 x 25.7 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 Prester John, is shown at the confluence of the twin sources of the Nile. The map is illustrated with crowns and scepters indicating kingdoms, forests, parrots, an elephant, a Cyclops (Monoculi) and a large galleon under full sail. The strapwork cartouche contains a text description of the continent. The German title is above the map.

References: Tooley (AF) #10; Norwich #2.

Condition: A

Nice impression on strong paper. The centerfold has been professionally reinforced with tissue to repair two small, marginal holes. There are a couple of stray spots of the hand coloring, and some hinging tape remnants on verso.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,700

Closed on 9/26/2007

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