"Totius Africae Accuratissima Tabula", Wit, Frederick de
Period: 1680 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
22.8 x 19.3 inches
57.9 x 49 cm
The information contained in this beautiful map of the African continent is typical of the late 17th Century. The Nile appears according to the ancient pattern of Ptolemy, arising from the two lakes of Zaire and Zafflan. De Wit's depiction of the southeastern coast includes numerous deep inlets and several rivers and lakes at the southern tip not seen on other maps of the period. The kingdom of Monomotapa extends as far south as the Rio de Infante and there are few names in the interior of the Cape. The fictitious N. I. de Sta. Helena appears in the South Atlantic. The interior is decorated with elephants, ostriches, monkeys, lions and rhinoceros, and seven small ships sail in the oceans. The well-engraved title cartouche features Moors and Africans with a child seated on an elephant and two lions perched atop the cartouche. This map was copied by several other cartographers including Danckerts and De Ram.
References: Betz #114.3; Norwich #48.
There are a couple tiny worm holes in the map that are only noticeable when held up to the light. Otherwise it is a sharp impression with slightly trimmed margins. A minor fold separation at bottom and some tiny edge tears at top have been professionally repaired.