Auction 140, Lot 801

"Africae Tabula Nova", Munster/Petri

Subject: Africa

Period: 1598 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia Universalis

Color: Black & White

14.2 x 12.2 inches
36.1 x 31 cm

Based on Ortelius’ map of 1570, this map appears in the later editions of Munster's Cosmographia. The woodblock map is elegantly engraved in the style of copper engravings. It depicts the continent with a jagged coastline with several prominent bays. In the interior there are several large lakes, including the twin lakes source of the Nile. The coast of Brazil appears in the lower left corner. Two small ships, a sea monster and a block-style title cartouche decorate the map. German text and illustration on verso.

References: Betz #21; Norwich #14

Condition: A

There is a minor professional repair on the centerfold and another in the margin, and a few faint spots in the blank margins.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $425

Closed on 5/23/2012