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Auction 136, Lot 728

"Africa Elaboratissima", Schenk, Pieter

Subject: Africa

Period: 1705 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Contractus

Color: Hand Color

22.4 x 18.7 inches
56.9 x 47.5 cm

The bold title cartouche is the most intriguing aspect of this large map of the African continent. The title is engraved on a masonry plinth heaped with fruit & animals. An African mounted on an elaborately armored elephant, with panniers overflowing with trade goods, is accompanied by an armed Moor. Table Mountain is in the distant background. The map contains the customary 17th century interior cartography with an exaggerated outline with deeply scalloped bays. The Nile arises from Lakes Zaire and Zaflan in the Ptolemaic manner and the Congo River also originates in Lake Zaire. Schenk, in partnership with his brother-in-law Gerard Valk, purchased numerous plates from other prominent Dutch cartographers to supplement their own engravings. This map appears to be Schenk's original production as the design of the cartouche is completely unique. It appeared in Schenk’s Atlas Contractus between 1703 and 1709.

References: Betz pp. 466-67; Norwich #63.

Condition: B

Old color with a centerfold separation that has been partially repaired on verso.

Estimate: $850 - $1,000

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 6/1/2011