Auction 136, Lot 723

"Africae Descriptio", Bucelin, Gabriel

Subject: Africa

Period: 1658 (published)

Publication: Praecipuarum Universi Terrarum Orbis

Color: Hand Color

4.5 x 2.5 inches
11.4 x 6.4 cm

Bucelin's charming map of the continent of Africa was based on the Ortelius-Galle model. Its most notable feature is the oversized Nile River that appear to bisect the continent, flowing north, south and west out of Zaire Lake. The place names are also derived from the Ortelius pocket map of Africa. Two tiny sailing ships and a sea monster decorate the seas. In the first edition of King's book on miniature maps, he attributed Bucelin's maps to Johann Praetorius who was the publisher of Historiae Universalis Auctorium, which was often bound with the Praecipuarum Universi. Latin text on verso.

References: Betz #90; King (2nd ed.) pp. 126-127.

Condition: A

There is a small hole in the blank margin, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $425

Closed on 6/1/2011