"Africae Nova Tabula", Mercator/Cloppenburgh
Period: 1673 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Minor
Color: Black & White
9.7 x 7.3 inches
24.6 x 18.5 cm
This fine chart details the entire continent of Africa with Madagascar and the Arabian Peninsula. It was published in the Cloppenburgh atlas and is taken from Hondius' folio map of the same title (Norwich Africa #34). Includes the hypothetical interior detail, which is typical of maps from this period. The Nile originates from two large lakes well south of the Equator. Decorated in the sea with numerous sailing ships and sea monsters. Strapwork style title cartouche. Engraved by Pieter van den Keere.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8600:353.
A nice impression on a moderately toned sheet with light offsetting.