Auction 126, Lot 749

"Africae Nova Tabula", Hondius, Henricus

Subject: Africa

Period: 1631 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.8 inches
49.5 x 37.6 cm

This richly ornamented map of the continent is Henricus Hondius' issue of Jodocus Hondius' map, but without the decorative borders that were masked in order to fit the map into an atlas format. The geography is largely speculative and follows Blaeu's map of 1617 with the Cuama River originating in the mountains rather than in the Sachaf Lake below the Mountains of the Moon (Lunae Montes). The origin of the Nile conforms to the Ptolemaic tradition of the two twin lakes south of the equator. The Kingdom of Monomotapa occupies a large area of southern Africa. Ornamentation includes a wreath-style title cartouche, sailing ships, flying fish, various sea monsters and Neptune consorting with a comely mermaid. Elephants, lions, zebras, ostriches, and even a dragon occupy the interior. From the scarce 1636 edition with English text on verso.

References: Betz #58.3; Norwich #34.

Condition: B+

Faint toning along centerfold and faint print offsetting, else very good. There are two damp stains in the bottom corners, well away from the map.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 12/3/2008