Auction 139, Lot 681

"Africa iuxta Navigationes et Observationes Recentissimas Aucta Correcta et in sua Regna et Status Divisa, in Lucem Edita", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: Africa

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19.5 inches
57.2 x 49.5 cm

This striking map of Africa is based largely on Homann's 1715 map. Seutter was apprenticed to Homann prior to establishing his own publishing business in the early 18th century. The map is typical of the period with the information in southern Africa being largely fictitious and enormous lakes depicted in central Africa. The Nile is shown originating in the south at lakes Zaire and Zaflan and also continuing further south through a twisted river system with its headwaters in Bed Lac. The Abyssinian province of Amhara is incorrectly shown in the southern kingdom of Monomotapa. The splendid decorative cartouche features natives, pyramids, and exotic animals with the title surmounted by a fierce dragon.

References: Norwich #80.

Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with faint damp stains in top blank margin and light soiling in bottom blank margin, just entering map image at bottom right.

Estimate: $700 - $900

Sold for: $400

Closed on 2/15/2012