Auction 149, Lot 669

"Affricae Tabula Nova", Munster/Petri

Subject: Africa

Period: 1598 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia Universalis

Color: Black & White

14.3 x 12.2 inches
36.3 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. The verso contains German text and a decorated arch above with the monogram V.G., indicating it is the 1598 edition.

References: Betz #21; Norwich #14.

Condition: B

Very light toning with two small stains in the bottom corners of the image.

Estimate: $500 - $650


Closed on 5/21/2014