Auction 137, Lot 787

"Totius Africae Accuratissima Tabula, denuo correcte revisa…", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Africa

Period: 1690 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.5 x 19.3 inches
57.2 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 popular map was copied by several other cartographers including Danckerts and De Ram. This is the fifth state.

References: Betz #114.5; Norwich #48.

Condition: B

Original color with centerfold separations at top and bottom that enter map image 1-2" and have been professionally repaired. Right and left blank margins have been remargined, with neatline in facsimile at bottom right. There is a crack in bottom-left corner due to oxidation of green color, but paper is otherwise supple.

Estimate: $750 - $1,000

Sold for: $375

Closed on 9/14/2011

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