Auction 121, Lot 763

"[Africa]", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Africa

Period: 1550 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographiae

Color: Black & White

6.3 x 5 inches
16 x 12.7 cm

Strongly engraved woodblock map of the continent depicts the Nile's origins in twin lakes originating in the Motes Lunae, or Mountains of the Moon, based on Ptolemy's account of the region. It excludes the Horn of Africa and the Cape of Good Hope, but many kingdoms of central and north Africa are shown. On a sheet (8 x 12.3") of Latin text with a woodcut volcano at top and a charming depiction of wildlife on the verso.

References: Norwich #5.

Condition: B

A few stains, but still an attractive map.

Estimate: $130 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/26/2007