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Auction 139, Lot 678

"Africa ab Auctore Naturae suis Dotibus Instructa Geographice Exhibita", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: Africa

Period: 1700 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

13.8 x 9 inches
35.1 x 22.9 cm
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This map of Africa is a visual delight and a fine example of the state of geographic knowledge (or lack thereof) at the beginning of the 18th century. The continent is presented with a fairly accurate coastline, but most of the interior is entirely fictional. The Nile is shown in the traditional manner with its source in the large southern lakes of Zaflan and Zembre. The Zembre, also labeled Lac Zaire spawns the Congo and Zaire Rivers as well. The seas abound with a variety of fascinating sea monsters, one of which has a human face, and wild animals roam the interior. The title cartouche is surrounded by detailed engravings of the indigenous animals of Africa. Dated 1700, but published in 1710.

References: Norwich #62.

Condition: A

Marginal soiling.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $350

Closed on 2/15/2012