Auction 146, Lot 730

"Africa", Magini, Giovanni Antonio

Subject: Africa

Period: 1608 (published)

Publication: Geographiae Universae tum Veteris tum Novae…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
6.8 x 5.3 inches
17.3 x 13.5 cm

Small map of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula showing part of Brazil as well. Engraved by Girolamo Porro and primarily based on Ortelius. The rivers of central and north Africa feature prominently including the Ptolemaic concept of the origin of the Nile in two lakes south of the Equator. The largest of these lakes also has a river flowing southeast. The sea is stipple engraved with a tiny sea monster and decorative calligraphy. This example was published in the unauthorized reissue of Magini's atlas, which was published by Petrus Keschedt with re-engraved plates. Latin text on verso.

References: Betz #34.

Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with a slightly uneven impression and light toning in right blank margin

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $85

Closed on 9/4/2013

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